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What are Synthetic polymers?

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Synthetic polymers are chemicals made by rearranging the structure of existing molecules, especially large molecules containing carbon. The molecular chains (monomers) that make up organic molecules can be artifically strung together to create materials such as plastics, neoprene rubber, nylon and rayon.
Synthetic polymers are man-made mega-molecules. Examples of modern and revolutionary synthetic polymers include DuPont pioneering Nylon and Dacron fibers.

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Not all polymers are synthetic. There are various polymers that are not synthetic, and have things added to them. Polymers come in various forms and degrees.


natural polymers are naturally occurring polymers e.g. DNA and synthetic polymers are man-made polymers e.g. Nylon, Polythene


Plastic, nylon, vinyl, and polystyrene are examples of synthetic polymers.


Both natural and synthetic polymers are known. Natural: Rubber, Silk Synthetic: Polystyrene, Polyethylene


If not, what makes synthetic polymers so useful? Please give three examples thank you


Synthetic polymers are plastics or any other man-made thing!


Synthetic polymers are cheaper than natural polymers. Natural polymers are also less plentiful.


Since it is cheaper to throw away synthetic polymers and make new ones than it is to reuse them. As a result to this, synthetic polymers build up the volume of trash.


Not all polymers are synthetic. Synthetic polymers are human-made. They can be classified into four main categories of thermoplastics, thermosets, elastomers and synthetic fibers. They are found mostly in items like money and super glue.



Synthetic polymers are called plastic. Plastics include polystyrene, polypropylene, polyethylene, nylon, etc.


Natural polymer: shellac, amber, natural rubber, cellulose Synthetic polymers: synthetic rubber, Bakelite, neoprene, nylon, PVC, polystyrene, polyethylene, polypropylene, silicone, etc.


Virtually all synthetic polymers are used in industry.


For example thermoplastic and thermosetting polymers, natural and synthetic polymers.


Both are formed by multiplication of a monomer.


natural polymers will decay over long periods of time. So will naturally decay in rubbish dump sites. Synthetic polymers won't


Natural polymers have been on earth, way before us humans came, Natural polymers are very useful to us even now, natural polymers incluse, RNA, and DNA, that are so important in genes and life processes. Examples of natural polymers may be: silk, wool, cellulose etc... Synthetic polymers are man made, usually by scientists or engineers. Examples of synthetic polymers are: Nylon, Polyrthene, Polyester, neopone (which is a synthetic rubber).


Macromolecules are polymers. There are bio-polymers such as carbohydrates, proteins, lipids and DNA, and there are synthetic polymers such as plastics (polystyrene and polyvinylchloride) and synthetic fibres. Nylon and terylene are also considered macromolecules.


semi-synthetic polymers are obtained from natural polymers by subjecting them to some chemical processes. eg: vulcanised rubber.


Also natural polymers exist.


Microorganism usually don't (yet) know how to eat them like they do natural polymers. This makes synthetic polymers more durable. However this is also a disadvantage as they cannot decompose and accumulate as trash.


Synthetic polymers are also known as man-made materials. Frequently these materials include plastics, polystyrene, nylon, rubbers, etc...


Synthetic polymers contain linkages which are present in natural polymers also , for example nylon (a synthetic polymer) contains pep-tide (also called amide) linkage and proteins also contain the same linkage .. considering that protein is a naturally occurring polymer Btw , not sure if this is the only similarity .. :D


Some are but others are not made from plastic but from other synthetic polymers.


no, both natural and synthetic rubber are polymers



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