Uses of Polymers

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Describe the uses of the polymers made from the above monomers in terms of their properties

Polymer  Properties
Uses
Symbol
Low density polyethylene (LDPE)
  • Low density
  • Low melting point
  • Flexible
  • Soft
  • Wrapping materials
  • Carry bags
  • Milk bottles
  • Squeeze bottles
High density polyethylene (HDPE)
  • High density
  • High melting point
  • Hard
  • Kitchen utensils
  • Toys
  • Grocery carry bags
  • Building materials
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
  • Water resistant
  • Flame resistant
  • Electrical insulation
  • Appliance leads
  • Sewerage and drain pipes
  • Garden hoses
Polystyrene
  • Transparent
  • When expanded (gas added)
    • Low density
    • Good insulator
  • Tool handles
  • CD Cases
  • Foam drinking cups
  • Foam packing
  • Containers and insulation