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Polymerization and Hydrolysis

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Polymerization and Hydrolysis


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You will get to know the major kinds of chemical reactions including polymerization, hydrolysis, combustion, replacements, and redox. Experiment with some electrochemical reactions as well.

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After completing this tutorial, you will be able to complete the following:

  • Define the monomer and polymer.
  • Explain the polymerization.
  • Classify the polymerization reactions as an addition and condensation polymerizations.

Everything You'll Have Covered

What are monomers?

~ Monomers are the repeating units in polymers.

How are dimers, trimers, and tetramers formed?

~ Dimers are formed when monomers bond together. Trimers are formed when dimers bond with a monomer. Tetramers are formed when dimers bond together.

Unsaturated double-bonded hydrocarbon monomers bond together. What type of reaction has occurred?

~ Addition polymerization has occurred, and the monomers have become part of the polymer.

Two identical monomers bond together to form a polymer and a small water molecule is left behind. What type of reaction has occurred?

~ Condensation polymerization has occurred.

What happens to polymers during hydrolysis?

~ During hydrolysis, polymers split into smaller molecules by the addition of water. During hydrolysis, water molecules break apart. Their hydrogen ions bond to one part of the polymer and their hydroxyl ions bond to the other part.

Tutorial Details

Approximate Time 2 Minutes
Pre-requisite Concepts Students should be able to to define the following terms: addition polymerization, condensation polymerization, and monomer.
Course Chemistry
Type of Tutorial Animation
Key Vocabulary addition polymerization, condensation polymerization, monomer