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What are the basic properties of polymer?

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  1. Carbon-based compounds.
  2. Chain of H-C molecules. Each repeat unit of H-C is a monomer e.g. ethylene (C2H4), Polyethylene – (–CH2 –CH2)n.
  3. Polymers include the familiar plastic and rubber materials.
  4. Many of them are organic compounds that are chemically based on carbon, hydrogen, and other nonmetallic elements (viz. O, N, and Si).
  5. They have very large molecular structures, often chain-like in nature that have a backbone of carbon atoms. Some of the common and familiar polymers are polyethylene (PE), nylon, poly (vinyl chloride)(PVC), polycarbonate (PC), polystyrene (PS), and silicone rubber.