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The Macrogalleria: A Cyberwonderland of 
Polymer Fun

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(You casual netsurfers can just go on in if you like.)

Welcome to the Macrogalleria, the internet mall where you netsurfers can learn all kinds of nifty stuff about polymers and polymer science! The first thing we have to get out of the way is to explain just what a polymer is. A polymer is a large molecule, often containing many thousands of small molecules joined together chemically to form one giant macromolecule. While the terms macromolecule and polymer are used synonymously, you will see the word polymer used more often. But we're getting ahead of ourselves. You may at this point be asking, "What has all this got to do with me?" Lots, as you'll find out if you stay with us awhile.

That said, get on our escalator and go to the floor you'd like to visit:

On this level you can wander through our many shops to find just where polymers show up in the real world.

If you're feeling a little more adventurous you can go straight to Level Two. There you can go directly to the source and get the low down on whatever polymer strikes your fancy:

Now for the really adventuresome out there, we have Level Three, where you'll find out the low down and dirty stuff about polymers, the hows and the whys, the nuts and the bolts of it all. Click on the topic that looks interesting to you, and from there feel free to wander about.

For there to be polymers, someone has to make polymers, and this level will show you how it's done. You'll learn how to make just about anything polymeric up here.

How do we study polymers? How do we get them to give up their secrets? This level will tell you all about how we study a polymer once we've made it.

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Scientific American Sci/Tech Web Awards 2001 Top 5% Chemistry Sites Exploratorium Cool Sites Education Index Award Recognized by Dr. Matrix Planet Science Site of the Day The Alchemist Webpick

BBC Education Web Guide

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