Worksheet: Polymers

In this worksheet, we will practice converting between the names and formulas of common polymers and explaining differences in their physical properties.

Q1:

What name is given to the repeating structural units in a polymer chain?

  • A Polysome
  • B Unimer
  • CAmino acid
  • D Monomer
  • E Molecule

Q2:

Polymers can have varying physical properties. Which of the following is an unlikely property of a polymer?

  • A Strong
  • BStiff
  • C Gaseous
  • D Elastic
  • E Flexible

Q3:

Which of the following diagrams is most representative of a thermosoftening polymer?

  • A
  • B
  • C

Q4:

The polymer poly(vinyl chloride) has the structure:

n C H Cl C H H

What is the structure of the monomer vinyl chloride?

  • A
  • B
  • C
  • D
  • E

Q5:

Polyethene is one of the common names for a polymer used to make plastic bags. The repeat unit of this polymer has the structural formula:

n C C H H H H

What is the structural formula of the monomer from which polyethene is made?

  • A
  • B
  • C
  • D
  • E

What is the name of the monomer from which polyethene is made?

  • A Ethane
  • B Ethyne
  • C Ethanol
  • D Ethene
  • E Methane

Q6:

The monomer styrene has the structure

A common polymer made from styrene has the structure

n C H C C C C C H H C H C H H H H

What is the name of the polymer?

  • A Styrane-polymer
  • B Styrene-polymer
  • C Poly(styrane)
  • D Poly(styryne)
  • E Poly(styrene)

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