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One of the advantages of polymers is their inertness. In contrast to metals such as iron (which rusts over time) or paper and cardboard (which decompose), plastic resists chemical attack. Explain why this advantage can also be a problem. For what other kinds of compounds has this been a problem?

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Chapter 15, Problem 62E
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One of the advantages of polymers is their inertness. In contrast to metals such as iron (which rusts over time) or paper and cardboard (which decompose), plastic resists chemical attack. Explain why this advantage can also be a problem. For what other kinds of compounds has this been a problem?

Interpretation Introduction

Interpretation:

The problem that arises due to the inertness of polymers is to be explained and other compounds having the same problem are to be discussed.

Concept Introduction:

Polymers are formed by joining small units called monomers.

Polymers are usually non-biodegradable, which means they cannot be changed into a simpler substance when they are dumped into the soil.

Explanation of Solution

Polymers are inert. This means they do not corrode when they are exposed to surroundings and are also non-biodegradable, which means they cannot be changed into simpler substances when they are dumped into the soil. The other substances with the same problem are chlorofluorocarbons and dioxins...

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