This Salters’ Chemistry Course unit from the University of York Science Education Group covered:
* The preparation of plastics by polymerization.
* The importance of ethene as a source of plastics.
* The uses and properties of plastics.
* The use of molecular models to show structure and bonding in monomers and polymers.
P1: What are plastics?
P2: Investigating polythene
P3: Why is ethene so important?
P4: What is the structure of ethene?
P5: Why do different polymers have different properties?
P6: What should we do about plastic waste?
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