Polymers

Polymers have very large molecules. The atoms in a polymer molecule are joined together by strong covalent bonds in long chains. There are variable numbers of atoms in the chains of a given polymer. One example of a polymer is poly(ethene).

A model of a short section of a poly(ethene) molecule, a simple polymer. Polythene molecules will contain thousands of carbon atoms joined together in a chainA short section of a poly(ethene) molecule. Poly(ethene) molecules contain thousands of carbon atoms joined together in a chainCovalent structure of poly(ethene).This diagram also represents poly(ethene). The value of 'n' varies, but it is always a large number