Polymers & Liquid Crystals is a pilot program produced by a cooperative
effort between the Department of Physics and
the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering at Case
Western Reserve University in conjunction with the Center for Advanced Liquid
Crystalline Optical Materials (ALCOM)
at Kent State University. A part of the ALCOM educational outreach program, this tutorial
provides a basic introduction at the college freshman level to the fields of polymers,
liquid crystals (LC) polymer LC and LC displays.
The Virtual Textbook contains many features that can not be found in a conventional
reference. In addition to comprehensive text, 3-D animations help the user understand
complex structures. Video footage from actual experiments provides valuable perspective.
In the unique "virtual laboratory", the user is able to perform his or her own
experiments in areas such as polymer growth, phase transformations, and crystalline
optics. Full color still images and sound complement the entire program.
The Electronic Tutorial was initially created during the summers of 1994 and 1995 by
undergraduate students at CWRU with the guidance of Professors Koenig and Gordon and of
Dr. Cramer. This tutorial featured a "virtual textbook" and related simulations,
intended for study of basic polymer and liquid crystal science.
Although the site make use of Shocwave technology, the readers which don't have this
plug-in can still surf the site by using the non-Shockwave version
Virual text book
Polymer Liquid Crystals
Liquid Crystal Displays
Experiences at the virtual
Phase Changes in Liquid
Dependence of Birefringence
Design Parameters of a
The site provides also a list of related links , and a glossary of terms