Small molecules link to make large molecules called polymers that have combinations with repetitive subunits. Natural polymers include proteins and nucleic acids. Human-made (synthetic) polymers include polythene, nylon and Kevlar.
The student will investigate and understand how basic chemical properties relate to organic chemistry and biochemistry. Key concepts include a) unique properties of carbon that allow multi-carbon compounds; and b) uses in pharmaceuticals and genetics, petrochemicals, plastics and food.