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Real-World Projects: Challenges from the Polymer Industry
Two scenarios are presented for chemistry detectives to decipher. Both require the use of an infrared spectrometer and focus on the examination of polymer materials. In the first, lumps in polyethylene bottles are analyzed. In the second, two specific brands of plastic food wrap are compared.
9th - 12th Science 5 Views 11 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 21 Views 25 Downloads
Cross-Linked Polymer Lab
Learners use short-chain polymers and borate ions to produce cross-linked polymers in the lab. In this cross-linked polymer lesson plan, students produce polyvinyl acetate slime and polyvinyl alcohol slime and test their physical properties.
9th - 12th Science 4 Views 10 Downloads
This organic chemistry lab activity is appropriate for teaching polymerization, percent yield, melting point, or the types and uses of polymer materials. Chemistry pupils imagine that they are working for a company to develop a special polymer and then work in the lab to synthesize nylon.
11th - Higher Ed Science 3 Views 9 Downloads
Three steps are needed to extract DNA from learners' inner cheek cells. The procedure and reasons for each step are explained. As enzymes work on the cells, a series of questions are answered regarding the structure of the DNA molecule. As the third step is in process, questions about DNA replication are also addressed.
9th - Higher Ed Science 40 Views 82 Downloads
Review of Ionic and Covalent Compounds and Transitioning from Ionic to Covalent Compounds
Here is a unique assigment: compare and contrast ionic and covalent compounds in an extensive data table and then analyze Lewis dot structures in antoher. Three columns are to befilled in: "characteristic or feature," "applies to ionic bonds," and "applies to covalent bonds.
9th - 12th Science 19 Views 197 Downloads
The Chemistry of Life
A smooth sequence of slides introduces biology learners to chemistry concepts that are vital to understanding life processes. It also can serve as an outstanding overview of introductory organic chemistry principles. From the atom, to elements, to special properties of water, to the organic macromolecules, all bases are covered.
9th - 12th Science 35 Views 122 Downloads
Plastics by the Numbers
Students investigate plastic resins and their uses. In this plastics lesson plan, students describe major plastic resins and what they are used for, they compare and contrast the properties of plastic resins and they list products that different resins become when recycled.
9th - 12th Science 3 Views 6 Downloads
Organic Chemistry Review
In this organic chemistry review worksheet, students answer 10 questions about different organic molecules. They draw structures, they name structures, they draw polymers, they identify the type of isomer given molecules are and they identify functional groups.
10th - Higher Ed Science 13 Views 105 Downloads
Students perform a chemical reaction experiment. In this chemical reaction lesson, students mix familiar chemicals together to make polymer. Students decide if they made a liquid or a solid. Students then research polymer and share the information with the class.
3rd - 5th Science 3 Views 13 Downloads
Building a Glass of Water
High schoolers construct a water molecule using sweets. In this atomic structure lesson, students watch small video clips and then construct their own water molecule. The lesson includes a video for high schoolers to watch, and a hands-on finishing activity of building a water molecule from gummy bears.
9th - 12th Science 11 Views 22 Downloads
IUPAC Rules for Naming Compounds with Functional Groups
In this naming compounds with functional groups worksheet, students read about using the IUPAC rules for naming these compounds and they draw structures for 3 -carbon, 2-carbon and 4-carbon molecules and give the names for each.
9th - Higher Ed Science 16 Views 80 Downloads
Testing for Lipids, Proteins and Carbohydrates
Students perform tests for the presence of certain macromolecules. In this health and biology lesson, students rotate in groups to three lab stations and perform tests for proteins, lipids, and carbohydrates found in familiar foods.
5th - 10th Science 73 Views 214 Downloads