ABOUT THIS LESSON: Material Science, Polymers

Lesson 23 of 33. We are surrounded by plastics (polymers) in our everyday lives. This is the first in a series of lessons on polymers. Categories of different types of polymers are described.

Knowledge Check:
What effect does the length of the polymer chain have on the melting temperature?
What is described by a semi-crystalline thermoplastic?
Describe the difference between thermoplastics and thermoset materials.
What is cross-linking?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Theodore Miner has a B.S. degree in Physics and a degree in Electronics. He has worked for many years in the area of Industrial Control systems. His work involves evaluating materials and components used in electronic systems and performing failure analysis on control systems. His hobbies include tinkering with microcontroller home projects and ham radio.