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Students explore both polymers and copolymers. They use 2D and 3D models and chemical animations to do this. They investigate both addition polymerization and condensation polymerization, and then compare linear, branched, and cross-linked polymers. They connect the density of polymers with differences in their structure. Finally they connect polymer structures with their ease of destruction, and consider the importance for recycling.
Students will be able to:
Both organic and inorganic polymers are made of monomers in certain patterns -- linear, branched, cross-linked -- that determine their characteristics.
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