How many polymer-based products do you use every day? Take our polymer-based products quiz!

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Polymers are plastic-like materials that have found their way into every aspect of our lives. They're part of our cars, our kitchens, our furniture and even our clothes. Take this quiz to test your knowledge of the many incredible uses of polymers.

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Question 1 of 20

What are liquid-absorbing crystals used for?

absorbing spills
keeping moisture in the ground
both of the above

... Both answers are correct. Liquid-absorbing crystals are polymers that absorb and retain water, and they can be used in anything from landscaping and gardening to disposable diapers and humidors.

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Question 2 of 20

Pantyhose is made with the same polymer as what product?

rugs
parachutes
spandex clothing

... Both pantyhose and parachutes are made using polyamide as a base material.

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Question 3 of 20

What's the most common type of polymer?

polyurethane
PET
polyolefin

... PET, or polyethylene terephthalate, is the most common type of polymer, and it's used to make plastic bottles and containers.

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Question 4 of 20

Polycarbonate, which is used to make eyeglass lenses, is also used to make which of the following?

credit cards
bottles
riot shields

... Polycarbonate is impact resistent and basically bulletproof, so it can be used to make riot shields, helmets, visors and aircraft components.

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Question 5 of 20

Credit cards are made with the same polymer used in which common household item?

plumbing fittings
carpet backing
both of the above

... Both credit cards and plumbing fittings are made using PVC, or polyvinyl chloride.

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Question 6 of 20

What unlikely product contains polymers?

wood furniture
soaps
pet food
hairspray

... While you might not expect it, the polymers in hairspray help form a film over the hair, setting it in place.

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Question 7 of 20

What was the first synthetic polymer?

PVC
Bakelite
Teflon
Lycra

... Bakelite was the first polymer, created in 1907 by chemist Leo Baekeland.

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Question 8 of 20

Which of the following items of clothing typically contains polymers?

skinny jeans
socks
bathing suits
all of the above

... Spandex, a form of polymer, is used to add elasticity to clothes like skinny jeans, socks, bathing suits and more.

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Question 9 of 20

What percentage of the plastic bags produced in the U.S. are recycled?

less than 1 percent
5 percent
10 percent
more than 25 percent

... Over 100 billion plastic bags are produced in the U.S. every year, but only 0.6 percent are recycled.

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Question 10 of 20

Teflon, a nonflammable polymer, can resist temperatures of up to:

122 degrees Fahrenheit (50 degrees Celsius)
356 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius)
500 degrees Fahrenheit (260 degrees Celsius)

... Teflon can resist temperatures of up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit (260 degrees Celsius), and it generates no smoke, making it a great material for cooking utensils and cookware.

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Question 11 of 20

Packing peanuts are made from what type of polymer?

polyurethane
polyamide
polystyrene

... The most common form of polystyrene is foam, which is used to make packing peanuts, grocery store meat trays and Styrofoam cups.

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Question 12 of 20

Acrylics, a form of polymers that are used to make water-resistant paints, can also be found in what?

comforters
rope
hair products
bottles

... If you buy a comforter that's filled with synthetic material instead of down, chances are it contains acrylic fibers.

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Question 13 of 20

Which of the following items is a natural polymer?

chalk
jute
amber
clay

... Amber is fossilized tree resin that goes through the process of molecular polymerization, becoming elastic and rubbery.

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Question 14 of 20

Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) were once used in the making of what type of polymers?

foam
Teflon
liquid-absorbing crystals
PVC pipes and fittings

... Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), once used in foam, can damage the ozone layer and are no longer used in the making of products like Styrofoam cups.

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Question 15 of 20

What percentage of the plastic products used in the U.S. are recycled instead of thrown away after use?

1 percent
10 percent
40 percent

... According to the Environmental Protection Agency, about 10 percent of plastic products end up in a recycling center.

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Question 16 of 20

Which polymer has a short life span?

PVC
foam
polyurethane

... The average life span of PVC is the shortest of these, at just 34 years.

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Question 17 of 20

Recycled polystyrene (foam) is used in the making of what?

concrete
packing material
rugs and carpet

... Recycled polystyrene is often used in the making of concrete and other building materials.

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Question 18 of 20

Biodegradable bags are made with a polymer that takes how long to decompose?

one week
one month
18 months
36 months

... Biodegradable plastic bags can be added to your compost pile and will take about 18 months to decompose.

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Question 19 of 20

The polymer PTFE, used to make Teflon, is also found in a type of clothing. Which one?

spandex
polyolefin fiber
Lycra
Gore-Tex

... Gore-Tex is a porous form of PTFE that is insulating but highly breathable.

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Question 20 of 20

PET, the polymer used to make plastic bottles, is identified with what recycling number?

1
3
4
6

... PET can be found in many items with the recyling No. 1, including soda bottles, peanut butter jars, salad dressing bottles and some medicine containers.

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