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1

What is a Synthetic compound?

A Synthetic compound is the name given to a material is man made

2

What are plastics usually made from?

Plastics are mainly made from Naphita (Crude Oil Fraction)

3

What is the name of the process which is used to make a plastic?

Polymerisation

4

What is Polymerisation?

Polymerisation is a process by which many small molecules called monomers join together to form one larger molecule called a polymer (the plastic)

5

What is significant about all monomers?

They all have a double bond

6

How are polymers named?

A polymer is named by adding the prefix "poly" to the name of the monomer

7

Why do we add single bonds at the end of each polymer chain?

To show that the part of the polymer that we are looking at is only a small section of the entire polymer

8

What is a Repeating Unit?

A repeating unit is a section of the polymer chain that is repeated over and over again to produce a full polymer

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What is the significance of "n" in the Repeating Unit?

The "n" defines how many of the repeating units there are in the entire polymer