Chemistry » Polymers


Key Words

Monomer - a molecule that can be reacted together with other monomer molecules to form a larger polymer chain.

Condensation Polymerisation - two monomers react together making polymer chains. Small molecules (eg. water) is lost. Two products are formed, the polymer and a small molecule (eg.water).

Addition Polymerisation - only one monomer type contatining a C=C bond react to make only one product.

Amino Acid - contains two different functional groups, amino group and carboxyl group.

Polypeptides - a polymer formed by amino acids. Long chains of polypeptides are known as proteins.

Nucleotide Polymers - used to make DNA molecules. DNA is made of two nucleotide polymer chains.