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Playing With Science

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Young scientists investigate the scientific concepts and principles that help make common toys such as hula hoops, yo-yos, slinkies, and silly putty work. As a class, they read "Backyard Rocket Science, Served Wet" to get a look behind...
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2001 U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad - Local Section Exam

For Students 9th - 12th
Sixty multiple-choice chemistry questions make up this comprehensive exam used for the 2001 US National Chemistry Olympiad. Every topic that you would expect to approach in a general chemistry class is queried on. You could easily use...
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Glass Transition in a Rubber Ball

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Students illustrate the changes in the properties of a material at its glass transition point. They gather data which they use to construct graphs regarding elastic modules versus absorption modulus, tangent delta, and the effect of...
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Investigating the Effect Of Successive Heat and Cool Cycles on a Thermoplastic material.

For Teachers 12th - Higher Ed
Students investigate hot melt glue using a hot melt glue gun as an an injection molding simulator and a melt index viscometer. They evaluate the effect of heating and cooling by weighing the glue extruded over a constant time period.
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Degradation and Weathering of Polymeric Materials

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Learners investigate issues of degradation and weathering of polymeric materials during their useful life. They evaluate photodegradable plastics and their viability as an environmental solution for litter and investigate the qualitative...
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Silly Semi-Solids

For Teachers K
Students create a polymer out of glue, water, and borax. They discuss the resulting substance and perform several experiments with it.
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CHO Puzzle

For Teachers 8th - 10th
In this sugar worksheet, students complete a puzzle by circling all the words in the puzzle related to sugars. The remaining letters in the puzzle create a sentence describing the sugar molecules.
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Oils and Plastic

For Teachers 5th - 10th
Peruse the properties of polymers with your materials engineers, chemistry aces, or emerging ecologists. The inquiries in this resource include puncturing polyethylene plastic bags, dissolving polystyrene cups, creating a polymer ball...
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Polymers and Products from Petroleum

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Over four sessions, learners survey the production and use of polymers and petroleum products. First, they participate in a kinesthetic activity to demonstrate how polymers act, and review a list of common products made from polymers....
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Polymers and Crystals: Their Role in Food Science

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Blend chemistry with cooking in this exploration of polymers, carbohydrates, and food science. Experimenting with gelatin produces concrete examples of the bonding and ploymerization discussed in the lesson. Copious, comprehensive...
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Determination of Plasticizer in PVC

For Teachers 12th - Higher Ed
Students isolate and determine the amount of plasticizer in polyvinyl chloride. They use Infrared Spectroscopy (IR) or Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) and gravimetric techniques in this experiment.
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The Study of Molecular Orientation by Linear Dimension Change of Polymeric Films

For Teachers 10th - 11th
Students investigate the linear dimension change of heated plastic film and relate the results to processing and service use of the materials. They calculate percent change in dimension as related to anisotropy and molecular reorientation.
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Slime and Intermolecular Attractions

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed
Students explore the strength of intermolecular attractions. They make slime and compare the difference in the physical properties of sheet and powdered polyvinyl alcohol with polyvinyl acetate.
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Water and Polymers

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students conduct qualitative and quantitative investigations based on the interaction between water and various polymers. They determine the percent moisture contained in various plastics along with a qualitative procedure to determine...
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PPT
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Chemistry of Carbon

For Teachers 9th - 12th
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...
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Chemistry of Carbon: Building Blocks of Life

For Teachers 9th - 11th
After giving basic details about the properties of Carbon, some of the common functional groups and molecules are featured. There are some details about specific functions and impact on the human body. The diagrams are helpful and could...
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Worksheet
Biology Junction

Biochemistry Crossword

For Students 9th - 12th
In this biochemistry worksheet, learners complete a crossword puzzle with 36 questions. They identify different polymers and functional groups.
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Structure and Function of MacroMolecules

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Macromolecules such as carbohydrates, steroids, phospholopids are given as examples of polymers and molecules formed with different bonds and specific methods.
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Catering Middle-School Science: Monomers, Polymers, and Macromolecules

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students investigate foods. In this biology lesson plan, students will conduct testing on different types of foods as they learn about different molecules that make them up. Students will also learn about the shapes of the molecules.
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Isomers and Polymers

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Students create models of structural isomers, geometric isomers, and polymers.  In this chemistry lesson, students are given definitions and molecular model kits to create a variety of different isomers and polymers.
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How Are Polymers Utilized in Everyday Life?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students investigate polymers and their uses in everyday life. In this polymers activity, students are assigned one of the 10 areas of polymer science and they do research on their assigned area using the internet. Students gather their...
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World of Plastics and Polymers

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students investigate plastics and learn they are giant molecules made of carbon atoms. In this polymers and plastics lesson, students perform 3 activities which all include making polymers from household items such as milk and vinegar,...
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Playful Polymers

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders investigate polymers and their structures. In this polymers lesson, 8th graders perform 6 activities to learn about polymers and their molecular structure. They categorize a bag of items as polymers and non-polymers based...
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Polymers

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students make polymers in the lab. For this polymers lesson plan, students make a nylon fiber polymer chain. They define monomers, polymers, addition polymerization, condensation polymerization, crosslinking and cyrstallinity.