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PAUL LEMUR'S TREEHOUSE!
PAUL LEMUR'S EVERYWHERE...
Meet Paul. He's a ringtailed lemur, a small primate from Madagascar. Now he lives in a treehouse in the town of Polydelphia and explores the world of polymers. One of the first things he discovered here is that polymers are EVERYWHERE!
PAUL'S POLYMER BASICS
POLYMERS are large molecules. To the right Paul is helping to display a model of what just one little piece of a polymer might look like. The reason they are so large is because they are made up of many smaller molecules that are all stuck together like beads. The word "poly" in "polymer" means "many".
These smaller molecules which make up a polymer are called MONOMERS. The word "mono" in "monomer" means "one". The picture to the left is the monomer that makes up the polymer above. And there's Paul's friend Monomer Mouse Lemur. Like monomers, he is also very small.
Even though polymer molecules are considered large, they are still too small to see, even through a microscope, because molecules are so small. Even though you can't see molecules, you CAN see polymers because they are made up of BILLIONS and TRILLIONS of these large molecules. When many similar molecules are all put together they form things like plastics and rubber.
Now, to learn even more about polymers and where you can find them every day, check out Paul's Polymer Links.
The Kids' Macrogalleria is a polymer shopping mall where you can learn about the polymers in each store. Here you will find things you see and use every day like clothes, shoes and auto parts, plus some fun things like musical instruments and skateboards.
Paul's tour of Polydelphia is where you can check out some of the other polymer places here in Polydelphia, like the Macroplex movie theater and the Polyquarium, not to mention the Polydelphia Airport.
Paul's Activities are here for some polymer fun. Try the online coloring and activity book or Paul's Flash video game adventure. Paul will also show you where to find other activities in Polydelphia.
Wherever you go, Paul will be there to show you something cool or to show you the way back to his treehouse.
So have fun, and enjoy your visit here in Polydelphia.
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