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What Are Some Examples of Polymers?


Plastic is a common example of a polymer.

Plastic is a common example of a polymer.

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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.

Answer: 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
  • DNA
  • silly putty
  • rubber
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:
  • elements
  • metals
  • ionic compounds, such as salt


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