Polymers are composed of repeating units which are repeated in four possible chain structures: linear, branched, crosslinked, and network. In this lesson, we discussed how the chemical and structural characteristics affect the properties and behavior of polymers. The seven basic end uses for polymers (plastics, fibers, coatings, adhesives, films, foams, and advanced materials) were introduced. Most polymers are not biodegradable which coupled with their heavy use in today’s society leads to a major source of waste at the end of a polymer's usage.
In the next lesson, we will look at how composites are formed from two or more distinct materials to achieve the best of two worlds.
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