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Structures and Properties of Polymers: Activity Stations Lab—ChemTopic™ Lab Activity

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Natural polymers include a wide range of biological molecules and materials while synthetic polymers or plastics are useful in modern applications like cell phones, contact lenses, artificial joints and bulletproof vests. With the Structures and Properties of Polymers: Activity Stations Lab—ChemTopic™ Lab Activity, investigate the properties of polymers and relate them to their structures with four self-contained activity stations focusing on natural polymers, amorphous polymers, polarized light and birefringence and PTFE Tape.

Concepts

  • Natural and Synthetic Polymers
  • Hydrophilic vs. Hydrophobic Polymers
  • Amorphous vs. Crystalline Solids
  • Glass Transition Temperature