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Topic: Why are so many things made of plastic?
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Illustration: MonomerComing Together
The basic building block of plastic is a molecule called a monomer (meaning “one”). Monomers join together to make
polymers (meaning “many”), which are the backbones of plastic. Monomers join in two ways. The first way is called “addition.” Check out this animation for a better understanding.

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Illustration: Monomers joiningCastaway
The second way monomers hook up is a process called “condensation.”Basically, two monomers come together, casting off
a molecule of water in the process. Have a look.

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