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11. Radical Reactions

Free Radical Polymerization

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Polymers are used to form plastics and other synthetic materials. These radical reactions use alkenes to link millions of repeating units together through an almost never-ending propagation step.

Petroleum products are converted into various plastics through this mechanism:

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General features of Radical Polymerization.

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The mechanism of Radical Polymerization.

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Use the polymerization mechanism to draw the polymer formula for the following compound.

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