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Mate 210 lecture 1 notes

by: Annie Borland

Mate 210 lecture 1 notes Mate 210

Annie Borland
Cal Poly
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Materials Engineering
Katherine Chen
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Annie Borland on Thursday September 22, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to Mate 210 at California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo taught by Katherine Chen in Summer 2016. Since its upload, it has received 3 views. For similar materials see Materials Engineering in Materials Engineering at California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo.


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Date Created: 09/22/16
Homework Assignment 1 Thursday, September 22, 2016 5:38 PM Materials in Popular Culture - Plastics Annie Borland Mate 210-01 9/22/2016 As modern societies have developed over the last few hundred years, our dependency on plastics have ever steadily increased, especially in first world countries. It is almost impossible to go through a normal day without seeing plastics because of their wide reach and versatility in use. However useful and common this material may be though, plastic has its dark sides as well. Plastic is a non- biodegradable material, meaning even a small water bottle can take an average of 450 years to degrade. Due to this fact landfills are starting to overflow, oceans are being polluted (The Great Pacific Garbage Patch), and a crisis is starting to emerge. I chose this material to discuss today to attempt to spread a bit of light on an issue that many people take for granted. Plastics have led to huge developments in our world, however if the consequences of overuse of this material are not soon realized, the crisis at hand will just continue to escalate. Due to the way that it is created, plastics are arguably some of the most harmful materials to this earth. Most plastics are derived from propylene (chemical component of petroleum). When heated in the presence of a catalyst, strong bonds are formed that cannot be found in nature. The bacteria or organisms that decompose organic matter therefore don’t normally try to decompose plastics because it is much simpler just to avoid it. This trait is exactly what manufacturers and businesses find so attractive about the material - they don’t want a container to decompose before what is in the container is used. Its strength and durability are both the greatest and most awful traits. In an attempt to help raise awareness on this issue, an art trend which involves creating colorful models of sea creatures using littered garbage has been on the rise in the last few years. These statues have been popping up all around the States and specifically, the coast of Oregon. Washed Ashore is an organization based in Bandon, Oregon that aims to raise awareness and clean up beaches at the same time. Over the last five years, the company has not only contributed to the community by promoting creative expression but it has also helped collect 17 tons of garbage off of the coast. Not many individuals may know of The Great Pacific Garbage Patch but with art sculptures such as these created by Washed Ashore, people will hopefully begin to understand the massive impact that plastics have on this world. Works Cited: Franzen, Harold. "Trash Turned into Stunning Art." DW.COM. Deutsche Welle, 1 May 2015. Web. 23 Sept. 2016. biodegradable.html Wolchover, Natalie. "Why Doesn't Plastic Biodegrade?" LiveScience. Purch, 2 Mar. 2011. Web. 22 Sept. 2016.


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