Plastics and Polymers Science Fair Projects Using Hair Gel, Soda Bottles, and Slimy Stuff

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Children's Literature
This third entry in the "Chemistry! Best Science Projects" series, combines information with how-to directions which help middle school and high school students understand how plastics and polymers are formed and why. While exploring properties with a series of low-key experiments, readers learn terminology chemists use when describing polymers, the properties of polymers (some burn, some attract water, fabrics behavior, recyclable determinants, and so forth). Experiments use household glue, polystyrene cups, oil paint, and a few things available at a hardware store. Throughout, readers are cautioned to put on or take off safety goggles, use an adult's help for certain parts, or ask their chemistry or science teacher for materials. Diagrams, lists of materials needed, and a light touch with the figures give the book an open and approachable look. In each of the four sections (an introduction and dealing with properties, testing methods, and natural rubber and polystyrene), topics to investigate are included in "Science Project Ideas." It is a clear and informative book which does not condescend to knowledgeable AP Chemistry students yet at the same time leads middle-schoolers into the topic as well. Includes a glossary, index, helpful websites, related readings, and two appendices. 2004, Enslow Publishers, Ages 11 to 15.
—Susan Hepler, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-Students who have some background in the fundamentals of chemistry will find clear-cut instructions in these two offerings. The texts are structured so that each example builds on the previous one. Plastics introduces the concept of polymers and shows how to build a model of a hydrocarbon chain. That basic concept is followed by a series of experiments that expand upon it. In the second volume, the emphasis is on understanding why water behaves the way it does molecularly. Sample projects include purification by distillation, experiments with acids and bases, and testing the power of hydrogen ions. Both titles use easily obtainable materials and common household products, and emphasize the importance of safety (including the proper disposal of chemicals). Each experiment is followed by a list of science-project ideas that will expand students' knowledge of the concepts. Black-and-white sketches help to clarify directions and provide visual interest.-Kathryn Kosiorek, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Brooklyn, OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780766021235
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2004
  • Series: Chemistry! Best Science Projects Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 11 - 15 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.49 (d)

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