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Plastics the Second Time Around
Young scholars explore physical properties of polymers through experiments. They test and compare the physical properties of thermoplastic polymers. When conducting the experiments, students follow listed safety guidelines.
Polymers all Over the Place
Students investigate properties of common molecules. In this chemistry lesson, students construct polymer models to gain a better understanding of the properties of polymers.
A Comparison of Polymeric Liquids with Newtonian Liquids
Learners perform several tests on liquids. In this general science lesson, students compare the properties of polymeric and nonpolymeric liquids. They explain the composition and importance of macromolecules.
Ninth graders generate and analyze data to determine which and how much of two polymers best absorb oils, formulate procedure to accurately determine how many times its own weight particular polymer can absorb, and develop understanding of chemical nature and possible applications of various polymers.
Students study carbon molecules and understand their many different shaped structures. In this chemistry lesson plan students analyze photos taken of their models.
Students create a polymer ball in the lab. In this chemistry lesson, students identify the different properties of the polymer they created. They explain what type of chemical reaction took place.
Chewing the Plastic
Students explore materials by researching plastic. In this polymers lesson, students identify the many items in their households that utilize plastic and experiment with some of them in class. Students visit a recycling program outside of school or create collages from recycled plastic items.
Science of Slime
Students create a borax solution to process the slime they are creating. With the sheer size of the PVA molecules, students get a real world example of how large organic molecules can become. The see the conductivity, malleability, solubility, hardness, melting point, and boiling point of the substance as they create it. Finally, they explore silly putty's website to get excited about the experiment.
Students describe the characteristics of polymers and rubbers and how they improve human lives. In this shock lesson students build a shock absorbing structure using different polymer materials.
Fabrics and Polymers
Students explore natural resources by reading a science story in class. In this fibers instructional activity, students identify and discuss the differences between fibers such as wool, silk, rayon, linen and cotton. Students identify the common uses of these fabrics and read a story called Poly Mer in class.
Students mix two different solutions to become more familiar with molecules and polymers. In this chemistry lesson, students decide whether or not the reaction between two solutions is chemical or physical. Students then observe the newly made material and examine its properties.
In this molecular compounds worksheet, students fill in 9 blanks with the appropriate terms related to bonding and molecules, they determine if 5 statements are true or false, they match 5 terms with their meanings and they solve 3 problems about atoms, molecules and compounds.
Students investigate what happens when mixing two solutions. For this solutions lesson, students experiment to explain what happens when mixing two solutions and to tell what polymers are. They follow directions carefully to complete an experiment in which they make a silly putty type material.
Have Your DNA and Eat It Too
Students investigate the structure and purpose of the DNA molecule. It is constructed with edible products as they are taught about the different proteins that make up the DNA. The outcome of the lesson plan is students have an edible model of the DNA molecule.
Industrial Processes of Polymers: How toys Are Made
Pupils explore how technology and science have created the plastics that make toys. In this industrial processes lesson students work on their own injected molded product and a blow molded product.
Monomer and Polymer Chemistry
Students explain monomer/polymer chemistry of starches and sugars.
Needle Through a Balloon
Students participate in a demonstration about the polymer by sticking a needle through a balloon.
SEPARATION OF A STARCH-GLUCOSE MIXTURE USING GEL FILTRATION
Students make a starch-glucose solution and pour it through gel in order to separate the starch from the glucose. They examine how starch is a larger molecule than glucose and test for the presence of these substances using other chemicals.
Separating a Starch-Glucose Mixture Using Gel Filtration
Learners experiment using the basic principles of gel filtration. They use the gel filtration technique for testing for the presence of specific substances. Students discover that starch is a larger molecule than glucose.
Pauli's Magical Water
Students predict the shape of molecules using VSEPR theory. In this chemistry instructional activity, students differentiate a polar and nonpolar molecule. They discuss why water's polarity is very important.