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Unit 5D: Polymers

8552 Specialist material areas

 
5D

Inside the Unit...

Areas Covered

  • Lesson 1 Sources, origins and properties
  • Lesson 2 Working with polymer based materials
  • Lesson 3 Commercial manufacturing and quality control
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  • Lesson 4 Assessment

There are 3 worksheets, 3 homework tasks, and an examination-style assessment test, each with answers included in this unit.

Summary

In this unit, the sources, origins and properties of polymers are covered in the first lesson, along with the processes of fractional distillation and cracking. The use of plastic additives is also covered. Lesson two concentrates on working with polymers in school environments. This covers school-based processes, fixings and production techniques. Commercial cutting, forming and processing techniques in manufacture are covered in the third lesson. These include extrusion, blow moulding and injection moulding. Finishing techniques and quality control are also covered as well as reinforcing students’ understanding of the properties of the different types of plastic available.

This is a theoretical unit covering the latest AQA Design and Technology specification 8552 and will benefit from physical examples being shown to students where appropriate.

In the final lesson students sit an assessment test comprising questions similar to those found on the GCSE exam paper.

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The GCSE units have been written to satisfy the specification for Paper 1 of the AQA 8552 Design and Technology GCSE. Each unit contains:

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  • Detailed lesson plans
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  • Worksheets and homework activities with answers
  • End-of-unit, exam-style assessment test with answers
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Inside the Unit...

  • Areas Covered

    • Lesson 1 Sources, origins and properties
    • Lesson 2 Working with polymer based materials
    • Lesson 3 Commercial manufacturing and quality control
    • Download free sample below
    • Lesson 4 Assessment

    There are 3 worksheets, 3 homework tasks, and an examination-style assessment test, each with answers included in this unit.

    Download Free Sample 6.6mb

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