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Young scholars 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. Young scholars visit a recycling program outside of school or create collages from recycled plastic items.
Students investigate what happens when mixing two solutions. In 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.
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 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 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.
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 learning exercise, 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.
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. Plenty of support is provided via instructor's notes so that you can insert this into your curriculum when teaching your class about polymerization.