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Making the Transition to University Chemistry

Making the Transition to University Chemistry

Michael Clugston, Malcolm Stewart, and Fabrice Birembaut
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date: 14 July 2024

p. 226 Chapter 25 Polymerslocked

p. 226 Chapter 25 Polymerslocked

  • Michael Clugston, Michael Clugstonformerly Tonbridge School
  • Malcolm StewartMalcolm StewartUniversity of Oxford
  •  and Fabrice BirembautFabrice BirembautCaen, France


This chapter focuses on the polymer, which is the resulting very large molecule following the reactions of monomers. Polymers, then, are classified as either addition polymers or condensation polymers. As well as polymers, the addition polymerization of alkenes involves the formation of a large molecule by combining a large number of alkene monomers. The chapter also identifies ethene as the monomer of polyethene. Condensation polymers are generated through the reaction of varying factors such as polyesters, polyamides, dicarboxylic acid, diamines and diols. Chain polymerization can help form polyethene, while step polymerization aid in generating condensation polymers like polyurethanes, polyesters and polyamides.

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