This module is designed to help students learn about chemical bonding, polarity, intermolecular forces, and the impact of chemical structure on the properties of materials by focusing on polymers.
As they learn about the chemistry of polymers, they also learn how it overlaps with other disciplines and areas of life, including materials science and recycling.
About the Author
Sharon Anthony earned a BA from Bowdoin College in chemistry and mathematics and a PhD in physical chemistry from the University of Colorado. She is an associate professor of environmental science at Northland College where she teaches courses in chemistry and atmospheric science and teaches in a learning community about sustainable agriculture. Prior to arriving at Northland, Sharon was on the faculty for ten years at Evergreen State College where she taught in learning communities about trash, the Olympic Peninsula, forensics and criminal behavior, biogeochemical cycles, climate change, and alternative energy. She coauthored the ChemConnections modules “What Should We Do about Global Warming,” “Why Does the Antarctic Ozone Hole Form in the Antarctic Spring?,” and “How Do We Get from Bonds to Bags, Bottles, and Backpacks?”