A polymer is a long chain molecule that consists of many repeating smaller molecules, referred to as monomers. A polymerization reaction is the process of the smaller monomers reacting to form the larger polymer. Polymerization can occur through a number of different methods depending on the size, shape, and functional groups of the monomers.


1. The reaction of ethylene to form an alkane.

Note: This reaction continues with the number of ethylene molecules to produce larger and larger alkanes.

2. The reaction of chloroethene (vinyl chloride) to produce polyvinyl chloride (PVC).

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