What process is used to break larger hydrocarbon molecules into smaller one?
Describe this process.
Vaporise the hydrocarbon and pass over a hot aluminium oxide catalyst
What is a hydrocarbon?
Compound made from only carbon and hydrogen
What are the products of cracking?
Smaller alkanes and alkenes
What is a catalyst?
Something that speeds up a reaction without being used up
Give 3 uses of the products of alkenes.
Fuels, plastics, ethanol
Give the general formula of alkenes.
Are alkenes saturated or unsaturated?
How can you test for unsaturation?
Bromine water is decolourised
What is the formula for ethene
Draw a propene molecule.
What special feature does an alkene contain?
What do you see if bromine is added to ethene?
Goes from orange to colourless
What is a monomer?
What is a polymer?
Many monomers joined together
Give the reaction for the polymerisation of ethene?
Name the product for the polymerisation of ethene?
Give the reaction for the polymerisation of propene?
What feature do polymers not have that the monomers do?
Polymers have many new uses, give 2 examples.
Hydrogels in nappies and waterproof coating like Gore-tex
Many polymers are not biodegradable, what does this mean?
Don’t break down
Give 2 problems with polymers not being biodegradable.
Fill up landfill sites and produce litter
Some plastic bags are made from cornstarch polymer why is this useful?
Renewable and biodegradable
List 3 ways in which polymers are disposed of.
Incineration, landfill and recycle
Give an advantage and disadvantage for incinerating polymers.
Give out energy
Give out carbon dioxide which leads to global warming
Give an advantage and disadvantage for putting polymers in landfills.
Don’t biodegrade so they get filled up
Give 3 advantages of recycling polymers.
Less waste in landfills
Not wasting a non-renewable resource
Less pollution produced and energy used
Give 2 disadvantages of recycling polymers.
Collecting and sorting
Give a word equation for the production of ethanol through fermentation.
Glucose + water → ethanol
Describe the process of fermentation.
Add sugar and yeast to warm water in the absence of oxygen