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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 plastic and elastomer are examined. Use this lesson as a hands-on investigation of the properties of polymers.

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9th - Higher Ed
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Lesson Plans
1 hr
Instructional Strategy
Inquiry-Based Learning
Scientific Equipment
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