5.6 - The structure and properties of polymers
Addition - Addition polymerisation is when two or more of the same monomers react together to form a polymer.
Copolymerisation - When two or more of different monomers react together to form a polymer.
Polymer - a long molecule made up from lots of small molecules together to form a polymer.
Elastomer - A polymer that is soft and srpingy, they can be deformed and returned to their original shape.
Plastic - Polymers that are not as springy and undergo permanent or plastic deformation.
Fibres - Stronger polymers that can be used to make clothes.
Thermoplastics - Materials that have no cross links.
Thermosets - Polymers that have strong covalent crosslinks.
What is a polymer?
A polymer molecule is a long molecule made of of smaller units called monomers.
Polymers can be formed…