• Program: Plastics Engineering Technology
  • Course: Fundamentals of Plastics/Chemistry/Ingredients
  • Course #: PLST1008
  • Total Credits: 4

Course Description

This course introduces the student to the history of plastics, current status, and significant organizations within the industry. This course includes health and safety, reading and understanding Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS). This course includes polymer chemistry, molecules and the special ingredients used to alter and enhance plastics.

Course Evaluation

Refer to Course Syllabus for detailed information regarding the requirements and evaluation standards for this course. The Course Syllabus will be distributed the first week of the course.

Disability Services

Hennepin Technical College offers reasonable accommodations to qualified students with disabilities. If you have a documented disability that may require accommodations, contact the college’s Disability Services Director: Sara Laviolette at Brooklyn Park (763-488-2477) or Jean Kreutter at Eden Prairie (952-995-1544).

Course Goals

The following goals will be addressed in the course:
Classify natural, modified, synthetic plastics
Characterize commercial plastics
Identify top ten plastics materials
Explore recycling of plastics
Examine disposal by incineration or degradation
Identify organizations in plastics industry
Identify plastics manufacturing hazards
Determine sources of chemical hazards
Analyze material safety data sheet (MSDS)
Analyze basic chemistry
Identify hydrocarbon molecules
Determine types of macromolecules
Characterize commercial plastics
Analyze basic materials
Figure out selection of material grades
Use computerized databases for material selection
Characterize molecular structures organization
Differentiate inter-intra molecular forces
Predict molecular orientation
Identify thermosets
Identify additives
Classify reinforcements
Identify fillers

Credit Details
  • Lecture: 3
  • Lab: 1
  • MnTC Goal: 0
Course Details
  • Prerequisites: 
  • Campus: Brooklyn Park

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