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Styrofoam Polymers

Styrofoam Polymers
Chances are, you use Styrofoam almost daily. Those fold-and-seal take out boxes are made from Styrofoam. So are the thick white cups used to keep your hot cocoa warm. How about those wedges of plastic you find in packing boxes? Styrofoam keeps computers, electronics, and other fragile items safe...

Styrofoam Polymers

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Monomers, Polymers, and Plastic

Monomers, Polymers, and Plastic
All plastics contain polymers, but not all polymers are plastic. Confused yet? Let’s break this down. Monomer means “one,” and monomers are small molecules containing one part. These molecules can join with other...

Monomers, Polymers, and Plastic

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Acids and Bases

Acids and Bases
Let’s head to your kitchen. Taste a bit of lemon juice or vinegar. Did you pucker? Now taste a tiny fleck of baking soda. It’s bitter, right? Lemon juice and vinegar are acidic, while baking soda is alkaline, or a base. Almost every liquid is either an acid or a base. Chemists know that...

Acids and Bases

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