(Kind of shocked that there are people who don't know what a polymer is!)

Most plastics are polymers, as is hair and (perhaps) bathplug chains.

  • Linear Polymers (like hair - which is actually a rope of keratin fibres (which are coiled-coils of helices!)) are chains; a linked list is a polymer in a sense.
  • Dendritic Polymers are like starfish. From a central hub, chains radiate outwards, branching repeatedly. The humble skoosh ball resembles a large dendritic polymer.
  • Living Polymers, Block Co-Polymers, Self-Assembling Photonic Band Gap Polymers. I wouldn't worry about them.

    In summary, polymers are strings made from monomers (letters?).