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9.5 Polymers

What are polymers? Properties of polymers
Natural polymers and their uses Synthetic polymers and their uses
Sources of synthetic polymers Plastics
Impact on the environment Biodegradability

General

Senior Science: Polymers - from HSC Online
http://hsc.csu.edu.au/senior_science/options/polymers/

Faces in Polymers - a module from the Chemical Heritage Foundation, History of Chemistry
http://www.chemheritage.org/EducationalServices/FACES/teacher/poly/home.htm

Polymers: Molecular Giants - from Chemical Heritage Foundation
http://www.chemheritage.org/explore/explore-nav5.html

Polymer Discovery: Online HSC Resources - from The University of Sydney's Key Centre for Polymer Colloids
http://www.kcpc.usyd.edu.au/discovery/Syllabus.html

The Macrogalleria - a cyberworld of polymer fun - from the University of Southern Mississippi, excellent source information on polymers, their properties and their chemistry including shampoos and conditioners from Pasteur's Family Pharmacy [9.2.1.1]
http://www.pslc.ws/macrog/index.htm

What are polymers?

Polymer Discovery - from Online HSC Resources, Key Centre for Polymer Colloids, The University of Sydney
http://www.kcpc.usyd.edu.au/discovery/Syllabus.html

Polymers and People - from Beyond Discovery, The National Academy of Sciences
http://www.beyonddiscovery.org/content/view.article.asp?a=203

Polymers - Chemical of the Week
http://scifun.chem.wisc.edu/chemweek/polymers/polymers.html

Polymers and intermolecular bonds - from Making the Modern World
http://www.makingthemodernworld.org.uk/learning_modules/chemistry/03.TU.02/

Faces in Polymers - from Chemical Heritage Foundation
http://www.chemheritage.org/EducationalServices/faces/poly/home.htm

Polymers and Polymerization - from Aus-e-Tute
http://www.ausetute.com.au/polymers.html

Condensation Polymerization - from Materials World, with Simulation Applet
http://www.materialsworldmodules.org/resources/polimarization/4-condensation.html

Addition Polymerization - from Materials World, with Simulation Applet
http://www.materialsworldmodules.org/resources/polimarization/3-addition.html


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Properties of polymers

Exploring Properties of Polymers - introductory activities for students, from Knight Foundation Summer Institute
http://www.haverford.edu/educ/knight-booklet/propertiespolymer.htm

3.11.1 Properties of polymers - from Kaye and Laby, Tables of Physical and Chemical Constants
http://www.kayelaby.npl.co.uk/chemistry/3_11/3_11_1.html

Making Polymers in the laboratory

UNIT 7: LESSON 4: CORN THAT BOUNCES AND STRETCHES - contains simple recipes for some cornflour based polymers, from the National Corn Growers Association
http://www.ncga.com/education/pdf/unit7lesson4.pdf

Playing with Polymers - from The Science Spot: Chemistry Lessons
http://sciencespot.net/Pages/classchem.html#Anchor-poly

POLYMERS - GREAAAAAAT BIIIIIIG MOLECUUUUUULES - from Illinois Institute of Technology
http://www.iit.edu/%7Esmile/ch96m6.html

Playdough Recipes - a number of recipes for playdough
http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Acres/7875/recip3.html

Homemade Playdough - from Creative Kids at Home
http://www.creativekidsathome.com/activities/activity_8.html

How To make SLIME and SILLY PUTTY
http://www.ericjorgensen.com/Slime.html

How to Make Slime - from your Chemistry Guide
http://chemengineer.about.com/c/ht/01/02/How_Chocolate_Curls0983125813.htm

Homemade Slime - from the Mad Scientist Network
http://www.madsci.org/experiments/archive/878680114.Ch.html

Physical Properties of Food Wraps - a laboratory procedure from The Dow Chemical Company
http://www.doweducation.com/teachers/g912/physical.htm


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Natural polymers and their uses

Natural polymers Explained - from Chemistry Explained
http://www.chemistryexplained.com/Pl-Pr/Polymers-Natural.html

Natural Polymers - from the Macrogalleria - a cyberwonderland of polymer fun, University of Southern Mississippi
http://www.pslc.ws/macrog/natupoly.htm

Soybean Protein Fiber Properties - from Swicofil, produser of natural and synthetic yarns
http://www.swicofil.com/soybeanproteinfiberproperties.html

CHARACTERISTICS AND PROPERTIES OF FIBERS - from World in a Spin. Terms explained.
http://www.worldinaspin.com/pages/Articles/Article_Characteristics.html


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Synthetic polymers and their uses

Level 2: Polymers Up Close and Personal - from the Macrogalleria - a cyberwonderland of polymer fun, University of Southern Mississippi
http://www.pslc.ws/macrog/floor2.htm

Level 1: Polymers are Everywhere - from the Macrogalleria - a cyberwonderland of polymer fun, University of Southern Mississippi
http://www.pslc.ws/macrog/floor1.htm

Level 4: Makin' Polymers - from the Macrogalleria - a cyberwonderland of polymer fun, University of Southern Mississippi
http://www.pslc.ws/macrog/floor4.htm

The Vinyl Institute - includes Vinyl the material, Vinyl and the environment
http://www.vinylinfo.org/

Polystyrene Facts - from American Chemistry Council including Educational Resources and Polystyrene Facts
http://www.americanchemistry.com/s_plastics/sec_pfpg.asp?CID=1431&DID=5223

IISRP Online - International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers, Inc. including What is Synthetic Rubber?
http://www.iisrp.com/

Comparison of Cotton Fiber Properties - from Cotton Inc.
http://www.cottoninc.com/CottonFiberChart/?Pg=4

About Acrylonitrile - from AN Group, a series of questions and answers about acrylonitrile and the studies around it
http://www.angroup.org/qa.html

1988 onwards: A new era - Polymer Currency Notes - from Reserve Bank of Australia Museum and Virtual Tour
http://www.rba.gov.au/Museum/#

How Self-healing Spacecraft Will Work - from How Stuff Works
http://www.howstuffworks.com/self-healing-spacecraft.htm

Kevlar - the Wonder Material - from The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
http://www.lbl.gov/MicroWorlds/Kevlar/

Welcome to Kevlar - from DuPont Kevlar
http://www2.dupont.com/Kevlar/en_US/index.html

STEPHANIE L. KWOLEK - the inventor of Kevlar, from Chemical Heritage
http://www.chemheritage.org/classroom/chemach/plastics/kwolek.html

Simple Solutions from Saran
http://www.saranbrands.com/

Saran Wrap - from About Inventors
http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/blsaranwrap.htm

Saran Resins and Films - from Dow Chemicals
http://www.dow.com/saran/

World Of Plastics And Polymers - laboratory procedures to make plastics and investigate their properties, from Science and Mathematics Initiative for Learning Enhancement, Illinois Institute of Technology
http://www.iit.edu/~smile/chbi9904.htm


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Sources of synthetic polymers

Polymers and People - from Beyond Discovery, The national Academies
http://www.beyonddiscovery.org/content/view.article.asp?a=203/A>


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Plastics

teaching plastics - from American Chemistry Council
http://www.americanchemistry.com/s_plastics/sec_content.asp?CID=1123&DID=4277

Plastics processing - from TEchnology in Australia, University of Melbourne
http://www.austehc.unimelb.edu.au/tia/662.html

An introduction to plastics - from Calibre Plastics
http://www.calibre.co.nz/plastics.htm

Therapeutic Plastics - an Exploration from Scientific American
http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?articleID=0005B91E-4BFD-1C75-9B81809EC588EF21&pageNumber=1&catID=4


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Recycling and the Impact on the environment

Secret life of an empty drink bottle - from Gold Coast City Council
http://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/t_standard2.aspx?pid=4559

Plastic Recyclers Australia
http://www.plasticrecyclers.com.au/

PVC waste and recycling - solving a problem or selling a poison? - a Greenpeace Fact Sheet
http://www.greenpeace.org/international/campaigns/toxics/polyvinyl-chloride/pvc-waste

The poison plastic - a Greenpeace Fact Sheet
http://www.greenpeace.org/international/campaigns/toxics/polyvinyl-chloride/the-poison-plastic

Plastics - from Visy Recycling
http://www.visy.com.au/recycling/

Sustainable Plastic Recovery Becomes a Reality in Queensland - from Visy
News Release

Plastics: What do those Numbers mean? - from TChec
Recycling numbers

Image of Symbols
Recycling Symbols

Plastic: Recycling, Downcycling - Peace and Environment News Symbols Code
http://perc.ca/waste-line/rrr/plastic.html

Bacteria Turn Styrofoam into Biodegradable Plastic - from Scientific American
http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=bacteria-turn-styrofoam-i

How Green are green plastics? - from BioCycle
http://www.bpiworld.org/Files/Article/Artpx0aGd.pdf

What makes green plastics green? - from BioCycle
http://www.bpiworld.org/Files/Article/ArtXRU8ov.pdf


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Biodegradability

Making packaging greener biodegradable plastics - from NOVA, Australian Academies of Science
http://www.science.org.au/nova/061/061key.htm

Say Good-Bye to Plastic - an article from the archives of Wired News
http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/10.07/start.html?pg=8

Biodegradable - from WorldWise, Eco-friendly resources for everyday living, has a table showing relative times various materials take to decompose
http://www.worldwise.com/biodegradable.html

Eco-plastic - American Communications Foundation
http://www.acfnewsource.org/environment/eco-plastic.html


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