Make It Stick: The History and Chemistry of Adhesives

Make it Stick

From our early childhoods we have all endeavored to create with adhesives. From the original glue stick to the transition to more robust binding agents, we’ve learned that much imagination and creativity can be found within these seemingly humble tools. We will also discuss how historical cultures relied upon adhesives for their survival. In this FIG we will learn about the long history of adhesives used throughout human history and focus on explaining the chemical principles behind them. Our work will also focus on many local adhesive technologies used throughout the history of the Pacific Northwest. We will also pay attention to the many applied ways adhesives have been used. Whether it’s binding individual units together to build an arrow, or using modern adhesives (i.e., resins) to build our own creation as our final project! This class will be a mix of lecture, field trips and of course, construction — all with the chemistry of these processes and the history of their uses guiding our way.

Students explore the intersection of topics by taking the following course package:

UGST 109 First-Year Experience Seminar - 1-credit

 CH 111 Introductory Chemical Principles- CoreEd or major satisfying course, 4-credits

This course familiarizes students with the foundational concepts and models of modern chemistry while emphasizing problem solving and critical thinking skills that will support students' success as they continue their studies. Fundamental mathematical techniques and skills are incorporated to illustrate the quantitative aspects of chemistry and to develop student ability to model quantitative systems.

MATH 111 College Algebra - CoreEd or major satisfying course, 4-credits

This course begins by building familiarity with functions, including notation and the rate of change in a function. Linear functions, including lines of best fit, are discussed. Evaluation, identifying domain and range, and the basics of composition and inversion of functions follow. Quadratic and polynomial functions are introduced along with roots and extrema of quadratic functions. Exponential and logarithmic models are discussed with a focus on applications. Finally, transformations of functions are covered. College algebra is a calculus preparation course and as such has a strong algebraic focus.