Worksheet: Polymers

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


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

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


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


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

  • A
  • B
  • C


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


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


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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