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Interactive Plastics Types.

"Plastics Puzzle" is a small knowledge level game to sort the types of plastics according to the correct chemical formulas. Fun educational game to study the chemical composition and applications of different types of plastics. Chemistry learning game, suitable for online lessons and interactive classes. Free online game.

This chemistry class game include the following plastics:
  • Polyamides (PA) or (Nylons) - (CHNO)n – fibers, toothbrush bristles, tubing, fishing line. Nylon 66 - (C12H22N2O2)n
  • Polycarbonate (PC) – (C15H16O2)n - compact discs, eyeglasses, riot shields, security windows, traffic lights and lenses.
  • Polyester (PES) – (C10H8O4)n - fibers and textiles. Spun together with natural fibers to produce a cloth with blended properties.
  • Polyethylene (PE) – (C2H4)n - a wide range of inexpensive uses including supermarket bags and plastic bottles.
  • Polypropylene (PP) – (C3H6)n - bottle caps, drinking straws, yogurt containers, appliances, car fenders (bumpers) and plastic pressure pipe systems.
  • Polystyrene (PS) – (C8H8)n - foam peanuts, food containers, plastic tableware, disposable cups, plates, cutlery, compact-disc (CD) and cassette boxes.
  • Polyurethanes (PU) – (C27H36N2O10)n - foam sponge, cushioning foams, thermal insulation foams, surface coatings and printing rollers.
  • Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) – (C2H3Cl)n - plumbing pipes and guttering, electrical wire/cable insulation, shower curtains, window frames and flooring.
  • Polychloroprene (PCP) or (Neoprene) - (C4H5Cl)n - laptop sleeves, electrical insulation, liquid and sheet-applied elastomeric membranes or flashings, and automotive fan belts.
Plastics Puzzle Educational Game

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How to play Plastics Puzzle

There are 9 pictures of different types of plastics and their application, situated at the top of the screen. Drag and drop them in the squares under the correct chemical formula. Arrange all 9 plastics correctly to win the game. Recycling numbers are 6 and 7- almost never recycled. 1 - commonly recycled. 3 - sometimes recycled. Test your knowledge for this topic with the tries counter. 9 tries for A, 18 for F.

Knowledge Achievements:
Know the types of plastics and get +1 Knowledge Level.
Difficulty: High.

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Class subject: Plastics.

Plastics are a wide range of synthetic or semi-synthetic organic compounds that are malleable and so can be molded into solid objects. Plastics are typically organic polymers of high molecular mass and often contain other substances. They are usually synthetic, most commonly derived from petrochemicals, however, an array of variants are made from renewable materials such as polylactic acid from corn or cellulosics from cotton linters. In developed economies, about a third of plastic is used in packaging and roughly the same in buildings in applications such as piping, plumbing or vinyl siding.

The development of plastics has evolved from the use of natural plastic materials (e.g., chewing gum, shellac) to the use of chemically modified, natural materials (e.g., natural rubber, nitrocellulose, collagen, galalite) and finally to completely synthetic molecules (e.g., bakelite, epoxy, polyvinyl chloride). Early plastics were bio-derived materials such as egg and blood proteins, which are organic polymers. In around 1600 BC, Mesoamericans used natural rubber for balls, bands, and figurines. Treated cattle horns were used as windows for lanterns in the Middle Ages. In the nineteenth century, as industrial chemistry developed during the Industrial Revolution, many materials were reported.

Most plastics are durable and degrade very slowly, as their chemical structure renders them resistant to many natural processes of degradation. There are differing estimates of how much plastic waste has been produced in the last century. By one estimate, one billion tons of plastic waste have been discarded since the 1950s. Others estimate a cumulative human production of 8.3 billion tons of plastic of which 6.3 billion tons is waste, with a recycling rate of only 9%. Much of this material may persist for centuries or longer, given the demonstrated persistence of structurally similar natural materials such as amber.

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