Modelling Polymerisation

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Analyse information from secondary sources such as computer simulations, molecular model kits or multimedia resources to model the polymerisation process

  • The addition polymerisation of ethylene to form polyethylene can be modelled by the following process:
    • Use molecular model kits to construct five ethylene monomers.
    • Break the double bond of one monomer to form the reactive intermediate.
    • Attach the relative intermediate to another monomer to form a reactive dimer.
    • Repeat the previous two steps to extend the polymer chain.
  • This process can be repeated for other monomers, such as vinyl chloride.