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Polymers, Polymers, Polymers—Chemical Demonstration Kit

By: The Flinn Staff

Item #: AP4426 

Price: $67.29

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The Polymers, Polymers, Polymers Chemistry Demonstration Kit is sure to put smiles on students’ faces. Introduce students to the world of polymer chemistry by making “slime” and by demonstrating the water-absorbent material in diapers.

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Polymers are an important part of our everyday life. Introduce your students to the fascinating world of polymer chemistry by making “slime,” polyurethane foam and nylon and by demonstrating the super water-absorbent material found in disposable diapers. These fun demonstrations are sure to put smiles on your students’ faces! Teacher Demonstration Notes included.

Concepts: Uses and formation of polymers, specifically “slime,” polyurethane foam, nylon and sodium polyacrylate; crosslinking.
Time Required: 30 minutes
Chemicals Provided: Polyvinyl alcohol and sodium borate solutions, polyurethane foam system Parts A and B, sodium polyacrylate and adipoyl chloride/hexane and hexamethylenediamine/sodium hydroxide solutions.
Note: Perform this demonstration in a fume hood or well-ventilated lab.


Materials Included in Kit: 
Adipoyl chloride hexane solution, 50 mL
Hexamethyl/sodium hydroxide solution, 50 mL
Polyurethane foam, part a, 140 mL
Polyurethane foam, part b, 140 mL
Polyvinyl alcohol solution, 4%, 350 mL
Sodium borate solution, 35 mL
Sodium polyacrylate, 3.5 g

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Developing and using models

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
MS-PS1.B: Chemical Reactions
HS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
HS-PS1.B: Chemical Reactions
HS-PS2.B: Types of Interactions

Crosscutting Concepts

Cause and effect
Systems and system models
Energy and matter
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-PS1-3. Gather and make sense of information to describe that synthetic materials come from natural resources and impact society.
MS-PS1-5. Develop and use a model to describe how the total number of atoms does not change in a chemical reaction and thus mass is conserved.
HS-PS1-1. Use the periodic table as a model to predict the relative properties of elements based on the patterns of electrons in the outermost energy level of atoms.
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.
HS-PS1-7. Use mathematical representations to support the claim that atoms, and therefore mass, are conserved during a chemical reaction.