Question: What Are Some Examples of Polymers?
A polymer is a large molecule that is made up of repeating subunits connected to each other by chemical bonds. Do you need some examples of polymers? Here is a list of materials that are polymers, plus some examples of materials that are not polymers.
While plastics are used as a common example of polymers, there are many other materials which are also polymers. Polymers include:
- anything plastic
- proteins, such as hair, nails, tortoise shell
- cellulose in paper and trees
- silly putty
So while paper plates, styrofoam cups, plastic bottles, and a block of wood are all examples of polymers, there are some materials which are not
polymers. Examples of materials which are not polymers include:
- ionic compounds, such as salt