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Small-Scale Synthesis of Polymers—Activity-Stations Kit

By: The Flinn Staff

Item #: AP7371 

Price: $68.98

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The Small-Scale Synthesis of Polymers Chemistry Activity-Stations Kit is composed of three independent “mini-lab” activities. Students synthesize nylon, polyurethane and polyester, and compare and contrast the methods of preparation.

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We use polymers every day! In fact, it is difficult to identify items that do not contain polymers. Despite their tremendous variety, all polymers are basically made by either addition or condensation reactions. Three independent “mini-lab” activities are included in this lab kit. Each activity takes about 10–15 minutes to complete, and students may rotate through the activity stations in any order. Students will synthesize three common polymers—nylon, polyurethane and polyester—and compare and contrast the methods of preparing them and their properties. All procedures have been microscaled and simplified to make them suitable for the high school laboratory. The activity-stations format is perfect for this introduction to polymers lab, allowing you to do more labs in less time.

Complete for 27 students working in groups of three. Perform this experiment in a fume hood or well-ventilated lab.


Materials Included in Kit: 
Ethylene glycol, 15 mL
Hexamethylenediamine/sodium hydroxide solution, 100 mL
Phthalic anhydride, 15 g
Polyurethane foam, part a, 150 mL
Polyurethane foam, part b, 150 mL
Sebacoyl chloride/hexane solution, 100 mL
Sodium acetate, 3 g
Cup, clear plastic, tall, 10 oz, 12
Dishes, weighing, 0.5 g, 1⅝" x 1⅝" x 5/16", 12
Pipet, disposable, pasteur, 5¾", 6
Tongue depressors, 12
Tube, culture, disposable 16 x 100 mm, 12

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Planning and carrying out investigations
Analyzing and interpreting data
Constructing explanations and designing solutions

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-PS2.B: Types of Interactions
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.
HS-PS2-6. Communicate scientific and technical information about why the molecular-level structure is important in the functioning of designed materials.