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Polymerization Branching Mechanism

Write a mechanism to show how branching occurred in the polymerization of 1,3-butadiene to yield the polymer shown (the polymer is attached).

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The answer is in the attachments (I made a pdf. copy of the .doc original in case you have trouble with either file type).

When propene reacts to form a polymer, the pi-bond breaks homolytically ...

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The solution provides an attachment showing the steps of the mechanism for the branching occurring in the polymerization of 1,3-butadiene described using step-by-step diagrams and careful, clear explanation.