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Solution: The copolymerization of vinyl chloride and vinylidine chloride by free radical catalysis produces a polymer used in food wrap. Which structural unit would appear in this polymer?

Problem

The copolymerization of vinyl chloride and vinylidine chloride by free radical catalysis produces a polymer used in food wrap. Which structural unit would appear in this polymer?

Solution

We’re being asked to determine the repeating unit for the polymer produced by the reaction of vinyl chloride and vinylidine chloride.



Recall that polymers are formed via free radical polymerization. When using a radical initiator the reaction follows a radical mechanism.


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