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Organic Molecules - The "Stuff" of Life
A succinct set of slides introduces upcoming chemists to the building blocks of life. The special properties of carbon are explained so that viewers understand why life is based on this molecule. Biomolecules (protein, lipid, carbohydrate, and nucleic acid) are introduced as polymers.
8th - 12th Science 3 Views 74 Downloads
You'll Get The Point
Students investigate the concept of polymers by conducting an experiment and participating in a role playing assignment. They pierce a balloon with a bamboo skewer and answer lab questions related to the concept about the spaces between the molecules.
7th - 12th Science 6 Views 9 Downloads
From DNA to Silly Putty, The Diverse World of Polymers
Polymers make up nearly everything in the world around us; some are naturally occurring, while others are synthetic. Learn about how polymers form, what they are used for, and some of the potential environmental and health dangers of certain man-made polymers.
5 mins 9th - Higher Ed Science 13 Views 9 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Edible Slime - the Polymer You Can Eat!
Students identify that nature polymers like alginate from seaweed and that sodium alginate plus ions creates a slime that they can actually eat. They also identify and interpret that when sodium alginate and calcium acetate when water is added to them.
1st - 8th Science 5 Views 17 Downloads
Using a step-by-step explanation of the process, this film shows how to use a wooden skewer to pierce a balloon without popping it. Your learners will love this demonstration and they will learn that polymer molecules can stretch and wrap around other objects.
1 min 6th - 9th Science 3 Views 0 Downloads
Ice Ice Baby! The Design and Preparation of A Reusable Ice Pack
Students explore polymers by designing and preparing an inexpensive and effective reusable ice pack. They develop and test a design for a reusable ice pack in the science lab. Students apply chemical and physical properties of polymers and their uses while creating the ice pack.
11th - 12th Science 3 Views 20 Downloads
The Influence of Initiator Concentration on the Molecular Weight of Polystyrene
This in-depth organic chemistry lab walks learners through an investigation of the effect of initiator concentration on the resulting molecular weight of polystyrene. It is important that you use this lesson with experienced chemistry learners as they will synthesize polystyrene several times and calculate efflux time and viscosity.
11th - Higher Ed Science 3 Views 2 Downloads
Chemists are stretched to their limits with a polymer instructional activity. They cut strips from a plastic shopping bag and hang weights from them to discover which holds the most. The also pull Velcro apart in a similar investigation. Thorough background information on polymers and plastics is provided, along with a photograph of the lab setup to make it more clear.
7th - 12th Science 5 Views 11 Downloads
Sorting Plastics For Recycling
First, young chemists practice polymer identification by density and flame tests. With the data collected, they propose a method of separating polyethylene from other plastics and determine what property makes it desirable for recycling. This laboratory activity is ideal when covering polymers in your general chemistry class.
9th - 12th Science 4 Views 27 Downloads
A lively presentation presents general facts and history of nucleic acids in a note-taking format. Every slide contains colorful photos or graphics to illuminate and engage. Biology aces learn about the function and structure of these essential molecules.
9th - 12th Science 19 Views 62 Downloads
Fun with Polymers!
A polymer investigation is on the horizon and here are four separate learning activities to do the job. The resource provides background information for the teacher and a wonderful analogy to help learners understand polymers and plastics. It also provides four activities each with full instructions, images, discussion, and added information.
5th - 8th Science 18 Views 24 Downloads