Friday, September 29, 2006

"Polymers & Liquid Crystals" -- virtual textbook

"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. It is intended to demonstrate the advantages and capabilities of the Hypertext medium as an educational tool.

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.

Polymers & Liquid Crystals is still in the developmental stage. Any suggestions for improving the project or any comments in general would be greatly appreciated. Please visit our contacts page to find out how to communicate your ideas."

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