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ERIC Number: EJ1043262
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Polymer Basics: Classroom Activities Manipulating Paper Clips to Introduce the Structures and Properties of Polymers
Umar, Yunusa
Journal of Chemical Education, v91 n10 p1667-1670 Oct 2014
A simple and effective hands-on classroom activity designed to illustrate basic polymer concepts is presented. In this activity, students build primary structures of homopolymers and different arrangements of monomers in copolymer using paper clips as monomers. The activity supports formation of a basic understanding of polymer structures, tacticity, copolymers, degree of polymerization, arrangement of monomers in copolymers, and polymer chain entanglement.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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