Polymer Project Journal #1

Synthetic vs Natural

What are synthetic materials:

Any manmade material made by natural resources

Give 2 examples of synthetic materials:

Manmade rubber and polyester

What are natural resources:

Materials like water, forests, minerals, and fertile lands that happen in nature

Give 2 examples of natural resources:

Air and wood

What is a polymer?

A polymer is made up of a lot of molecules put together forming chains

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

Synthetic Polymer #1

Fabrics like polyester

What natural resources does this come from?

Cotton

What would we use this synthetic material for?

Wearing clothes

Synthetic Polymer #2

Plastic

What natural resources does this come from?

Coal, gas

What would we use this synthetic material for?

Drinking water, store food

Chemical Reactions

How do natural resources go through a chemical reaction to become synthetic materials?

Because synthetic materials are polymers, natural resources go through polymerization in which includes the chemically bonding monomers and makes synthetic materials

What is a monomer?

A molecule that can be bonded with another that is the same.

What is polymerizaton

It’s a process of chemically bonding monomers to make polymers.

Resources:

Knowledge & dictionary

 

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