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Polymer Project – Journal #1

What are synthetic materials?

Man-made materials that are derived from natural resources. i.e. Steel and Sugar

 

What are natural resources? 

Is a source that is found in nature that is used by man. i.e. Forest and Water

What is a polymer?

 

A long chain of molecules called monomers

 

Give 2 examples of synthetic polymers and the natural resources they come from

Synthetic Polymer #1

Plastic

What natural resources does this come from?

Chemicals that comes from natural gas, carbon, other oils and other natural polymers

What would we use this synthetic material for?

Cups, eating utensils, furniture, toys

Synthetic Polymer #2

Silicone

What natural resources does this come from?

Siloxane, made from oxygen and silicon

What would we use this synthetic material for?

Computer chips

Chemical Reactions: 

How do natural resources go through a chemical reaction to become synthetic materials? *important words to think about…polymerization, monomer, polymer

When natural monomers link up through the process of polymerization, they become a polymer. If said polymer happens to not be found in nature, then it is a synthetic polymer.

What is a monomer?

A molecule that joins up with similar molecules to form a polymer.

What is polymerization?

The cause to combine molecules to form a polymer.

 

Resources: 

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/synthetic%20fiber
http://www.middleschoolchemistry.com/lessonplans/chapter6/lesson12
https://www.google.com.hk/search?q=what+are+natural+resources&oq=what+are+nat&aqs=chrome.1.69i57j0l5.10958j1j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
http://www.eschooltoday.com/natural-resources/what-is-a-natural-resource.html
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