Composites Design and Manufacture (Plymouth University teaching support materials)
Periodic table.  Electron configuration of carbon atoms and molecules.
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Some introductory chemistry

For an introduction to the Periodic Table of the Elements, see: see for example

Most polymers are based on the element carbon (the sixth element in the Periodic Table).  An understanding of basic organic (i.e. carbon) chemistry will permit sensible conversations with materials suppliers later in your career.

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I recommend that you take a while to study the following sequence of pages from Jim Clark's excellent Chemguide website, as they sensibly cover the key issues required for the chemical understanding of the materials used in polymers and composites:

Other resources for chemistry include:


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