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Poly-ox with a Twist—Chemical Demonstration Kit

By: Walter Rohr, Retired, Eastchester High School, Eastchester, NY

Item #: AP5931

Price: $20.35

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Use the Poly-ox with a Twist Polymer Chemistry Demonstration Kit not only to teach students about polymers, bonding and viscosity, but also about light and fluorescence. Our super-duper polymer gel is ideal for this gravity-defying demo.

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Our amazing super-duper polymer gel in a conveniently packaged kit that has everything you need to perform this gravity-defying demo—and the kit has an added twist! A fluorescent dye is included—simply add it to the alcohol poly-ox slurry, add tap water, illuminate the gel with an ultraviolet light, and observe the electrifying fluorescent green glow! Use this demonstration not only to teach your students concepts of polymers, bonding and viscosity, but also light and fluorescence. It’s Poly-ox... with a Twist! Teacher Demonstration Notes included.  

Concepts: Polymers, fluorescence, viscosity.
Time Required: 10 minutes
Note: An ultraviolet light is required and available separately.


Materials Included in Kit: 
Fluorescein dye, 0.5 g
Methyl alcohol, reagent, 200 mL
Polyethylene oxide, 25 g

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Analyzing and interpreting data
Developing and using models
Constructing explanations and designing solutions

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
MS-PS1.B: Chemical Reactions
MS-PS4.A: Wave Properties
MS-PS4.B: Electromagnetic Radiation
HS-PS1.B: Chemical Reactions

Crosscutting Concepts

Structure and function

Performance Expectations

MS-PS1-2. Analyze and interpret data on the properties of substances before and after the substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred.
MS-PS4-2. Develop and use a model to describe that waves are reflected, absorbed, or transmitted through various materials.
HS-PS1-2. Construct and revise an explanation for the outcome of a simple chemical reaction based on the outermost electron states of atoms, trends in the periodic table, and knowledge of the patterns of chemical properties.