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Polymers Teacher Resources
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A nine-page narrative gives you the material needed to teach high schoolers about molecular structure, in particular, that of sugars. You may want to display the accompanying molecule diagrams through a projector to increase understanding. After the lecture, learners go to the lab to calibrate a thermometer and combine sugar, corn syrup, butter, and boiling water to concoct a sweet confection. This is a tasty lesson in thermodynamics or the structure of saccharides.
The molecular properties of water are the focus of this chemistry-based assignment. Multiple-choice, true-or-false, matching, and fill-in-the-chart style questions query assignees about the forces that hold the water molecule together, reactions between water and other materials, which ions are important to life, and more. Because the focus of the worksheet is water, this may be best used as a quiz in a biochemistry class.
A great review of the structure and function of carbon-based molecules important to life, especially with relevance to humans. The chemistry behind the combination of polymers and the breakdown of bonds is covered. Valuable content in this slideshow is the collection of diagrams of each functional group.
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. After showing this presentation, have them create models of the double helix out of various craft materials.
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.
A very neat worksheet has been produced by Pearson Education, Inc. for use in a general chemistry class. The first nine questions are fill in the blanks for a paragraph about types of bonds and electronegativity. Five true-false questions and five matching descriptions follow. This would make an ideal pop quiz!
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. Students conclude their investigation by determining how to separate mixtures of two types of plastics through a recycling program.
After giving basic details about the properties of carbon, some of the common functional groups and molecules are featured. There is some information about specific functions and impact on the human body. The diagrams are helpful and could be used in any individual lesson on this topic. This presentation would also be a great review starter.
Students study chiral molecules and why they are important in carbohydrate and protein chemistry. They determine the different biochemical properties of molecules. They watch a teacher lead multimedia presentation and build models before designing a slideshow of their own.