This chain of varied colored links is a simple representation of a polymer. Like the chain, a polymer is made of single units that are linked together.
If you break the word “polymer” in half you get “poly” and “mer.”
poly = many AND mer = a single unit
polymer= many single units linked together
The single units that link together to form a polymer are called monomers.
What Things are Made of Polymers?
Follow are but a few types of polymers. Can you add to this list?
DNA – the genetic blueprint that makes you you.
rubber wheels on toys, bicycles, and vehicles
proteins and starches
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