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The Commercial Ferrofluid Demonstration Kit consists of 50 mL of ferrofluid—nano-sized magnetic particles suspended in a liquid. You’ll be fascinated as the unique properties of this nanoscience material are displayed, producing 3-dimensional magnetic sculptures.

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Ferrofluid, first developed by NASA in the 1960s, consists of nano-sized magnetic particles suspended in a liquid. Your students will be fascinated as you demonstrate the unique properties of this nanoscience material and produce interesting 3-dimensional magnetic sculptures. ChemFax with suggested demonstration instructions and handling tips is included.

Concepts: Nanotechnology, magnetic properties, colloids vs. solutions.
Time Required: 15 minutes
Materials Provided: Ferrofluid, 50 mL
Note: A magnet is required and available separately.

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Asking questions and defining problems
Developing and using models
Constructing explanations and designing solutions

Disciplinary Core Ideas

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

Crosscutting Concepts

Patterns
Cause and effect
Systems and system models
Structure and function

Performance Expectations

MS-PS1-1. Develop models to describe the atomic composition of simple molecules and extended structures.
MS-PS2-3. Ask questions about data to determine the factors that affect the strength of electric and magnetic forces
MS-PS2-5. Conduct an investigation and evaluate the experimental design to provide evidence that fields exist between objects exerting forces on each other even though the objects are not in contact
HS-PS2-6. Communicate scientific and technical information about why the molecular-level structure is important in the functioning of designed materials.