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Students mix two different solutions to become more familiar with molecules and polymers. In this chemistry instructional activity, 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.
4th - 6th Science 3 Views 3 Downloads
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.
4th - 6th Science 3 Views 14 Downloads
For 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.
10th - 12th Science 4 Views 26 Downloads
Building Blocks of Matter
Middle schoolers view videos and worksheets and construct a model of a water molecule. In this atomic structure lesson, students view video clips and handouts about matter and nanoscience. They construct a model of a water molecule with marshmallows and toothpicks.
6th - 8th Science 14 Views 43 Downloads
A Little Chemistry
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.
9th - 12th Science 4 Views 13 Downloads
8.4 Section Review ~ Polar Bonds and Molecules
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.
9th - 12th Science 29 Views 95 Downloads
Fabrics and Polymers
Students explore natural resources by reading a science story in class. In this fibers lesson, 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.
2nd - 5th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 23 Downloads
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
Students explore the different types of polymers while participating in a hands-on activity. The students, themselves, will be the different atoms and molecules involved in making a polymer to help them learn about the structure of these unique molecules.
5th - 6th Science 3 Views 4 Downloads
Polymers and Polymerization Reactions
Students analyze and identify polymers and polymerization reactions. They explore how they are formed as well as list their characteristics, main types and recognize their properties. Statements are given to explain when dehydration occurs between two monomer molecules.
9th - 12th Science 3 Views 19 Downloads
Skewer Through the Balloon
What a terrific demonstration! Watch Steve Spangler stick a wooden skewer through a balloon. He demonstrates the effect of stretching polymers with this amazing activity. Use it during your chemistry class when studying molecules.
3 mins 6th - 9th Science 3 Views 3 Downloads
Baby Diaper Secret
Have investigators tear apart a fresh disposable diaper to examine the highly absorbent sodium polyacrylate ingredient. This is an absorbing activity for young chemists when studying the properties of polymers. They experience firsthand how polymers are put to practical use!
1 min 6th - 12th Science 3 Views 0 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
Teflon Tape Secret Message
Little learners will have fun playing with plastic if you do this activity with them. Have them write a message on Teflon tape, disguise it, and then pass it to a friend to decode. What they will find is that some polymers have an amazing ability to stretch in one direction, and then be pulled back into shape.
1 min 4th - 8th Science 3 Views 0 Downloads
Carbon Bonds in Chemistry
Venture into the world of macromolecules with three exciting, distinct laboratory activities. Young chemists examine the forms of carbon and discover how they are associated with atomic arrangement, construct models of carbon-containing molecules, and compare six types of plastic by density.
9th - 12th Science 8 Views 65 Downloads
Condensation Polymerization: Preparation of Two Types of Polyesters
College-level or AP chemists use phthalic anhydride to synthesize two different polyesters, one linear and one cross-linked in structure. A detailed materials list and well-written procedures are provided on a lab sheet. Learners write out the chemical equations for the reactions that occur.
11th - Higher Ed Science 3 Views 7 Downloads