Defines polymer and addition polymer, gives the generic synthesis of addition polymers, and gives examples of addition polymers.
Demonstrates how addition polymerization works. A free radical initiator bonds to a pi electron of the first carbon atom, leaving that atom with one unpaired electron. This allows for a cascading effect of free radicals binding carbon atoms together.
Reviews polymers and the synthesis of addition polymers.
Learn about the properties and synthesis of polystyrene and recycling issues.