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Product 12642

By: Steve Spangler, Regis University, Denver, CO

The Wacky World of Superabsorbent Polymers Chemistry Demonstration Kit uses a fun approach to teach students about polymers, osmosis and cross-linking. Use distilled water, an “empty” cup and a beaker in this simple, informative display.

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Pour distilled water into an “empty” cup and the water solidifies into a gel. In another beaker add a small amount of powder, pour in distilled water and see an avalanche of fresh powdered “snow.” These remarkable sodium polyacrylate polymers have many water absorbing applications, including indoor artificial snow! Teacher Demonstration Notes included.

Concepts: Polymers, osmosis, cross-linking.
Time Required: 10 minutes
Chemicals Provided: Sodium polyacrylate, PolySnow™.

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Constructing explanations and designing solutions

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS2.A: Forces and Motion
MS-PS2.B: Types of Interactions
HS-PS2.A: Forces and Motion
HS-PS2.B: Types of Interactions

Crosscutting Concepts

Patterns
Structure and function