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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.
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Simple Tensile Testing of Polymeric Films and Sheeting
Chemistry classes pretend to be consultants to a grocery story trying to decide what polymer to use for therir new non-paper bags. They prepare tensile bars and use them to test plastic film samples for strength and stretchability. Both...
9th - Higher Ed Science
Lab: Successive Heat and Cool Cycles in Thermoplastic Polymers
Do the properties of a thermoplastic polymer change after successive cycles of heating and cooling? For this lab assignment, young chemists find out by melting, molding, and re-melting hot glue gun sticks one, two, and three times. They...
7th - 12th Science
Condensation Polymerization: Preparation of Thiokoll® (Polysulfide Rubber)
This lab activity is geared toward experienced chemistry learners, in particular, those who are familiar with organic chemistry. They will create a synthetic elastomer and then make observations and measurements of its different...
11th - Higher Ed Science
From DNA to Silly Putty, The Diverse World of Polymers
Polymers make up nearly everything in the world around us; some are naturally occurring, while others are synthetic. Learn about how polymers form, what they are used for, and some of the potential environmental and health dangers of...
5 mins 9th - Higher Ed Science CCSS: Adaptable