Category Archives: 3.4 Alkenes

Addition polymers

[This topic is common to both ‘Alkenes (AS)‘ and ‘Polymers (A2)‘ and links to GCSE topics of ‘Polymers from oil’ and ‘Polymer structure and intermolecular forces‘] Addition polymers are formed from alkenes and substituted alkenes. Poly(alkenes) like alkanes are unreactive (chemically inert and therefore non-biodegradable). Appreciate that knowledge and understanding of the production and properties of polymers has developed over time. Typical uses of poly(ethene) and

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Addition reactions of alkenes

Electrophilic addition reactions of alkenes with HBr, H2SO4 and Br2 The use of bromine to test for unsaturation. The formation of major and minor products in addition reactions of unsymmetrical alkenes. Students should be able to: • outline the mechanisms for these reactions • explain the formation of major and minor products by reference to the relative stabilities of primary, secondary and tertiary carbocation

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