This text covers the fundamentals of plastics materials and processes and presents enough detailed information to serve as resource tool outside of the classroom. It covers information about plastics at the molecular, micro and macro levels. It also includes information on testing plastics and plastic products for design and quality. In addition, the text contains basic information on designing with plastics. The full range of materials, processes and performance - Includes many recent developments - at the molecular, micro and macro levels. Assists students in gaining and maintaining a total-systems viewpoint of plastics. Sound pedagogical framework in each chapter - Contains a concise overview and thorough summary; extensive figures and tables; immediate textual definitions of key terms (all later grouped in an index); a case study; end-of-chapter questions; and a list of references.