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Clip description Keywords
Bakelite - the structure, properties and uses
Bakelite - the structure, properties and uses

Duration: 05:40

A recreation of Baekeland's invention and manufacture of Bakelite, an early plastic.

 
Comparing plastics with natural materials
Comparing plastics with natural materials

Duration: 01:01

Plastics vs natural materials - advantages and disadvantages.

 
Everyday chemistry
Everyday chemistry

Duration: 02:25

James May identifies some of the elements and chemicals that feature in our everyday lives.

 
Making and testing home-made glues (pt 1/ 2)
Making and testing home-made glues (pt 1/ 2)

Duration: 05:11

Jem Stansfield from 'Bang Goes The Theory' demonstrates how to make three home-made adhesives and an explanation of how adhesives work.

 
Making and testing home-made glues (pt 2/2)
Making and testing home-made glues (pt 2/2)

Duration: 05:07

Jem Stansfield, Dallas Campbell and Dr Yan from 'Bang Goes The Theory' test some home-made glues by hanging from them above a swimming pool.

 
Making polythene - cracking and polymerisation
Making polythene - cracking and polymerisation

Duration: 02:59

A visit to a refinery where cracking and polymerisation take place to produce solid polythene plastic from ethene gas.

 
The place of plastics in everyday life
The place of plastics in everyday life

Duration: 01:06

Archive film from the 1950s and 60s about the uses of plastics.

 
The plastic revolution
The plastic revolution

Duration: 01:51

The structure of early plastics including nylon and PVC is described using an analogy and computer animation.

 
The structure and uses of vulcanised rubber
The structure and uses of vulcanised rubber

Duration: 07:04

An explanation of the difference in structure and properties of natural and synthetic rubber.

 

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