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Observe the polymerization of nylon with this fun and easy demonstration. The nylon rope trick engages students in organic chemistry and opens the door to a discussion about polymer synthesis, properties, and its many applications. This demonstration requires approximately 15 min, and materials are sufficient for it to be performed 5 times.
Perform the popular nylon rope trick with this fun and easy demonstration. Students are first introduced to polymer chemistry and the many applications of nylon. Engage students in a discussion of different types of polymers in the fields of chemistry and the biological sciences. Based on prior knowledge, students make a prediction of what they think will happen during the demonstration. Then, combine 2 colorless solutions to create a strand of polymer that seems to have no end. Students use words and pictures to explain on a molecular level what happened in the polymerization reaction, and big-picture questions encourage critical thinking about the underlying scientific concepts. This demonstration requires approximately 15 min, and materials in the kit are sufficient for it to be performed 5 times.
|1,6-Hexanediamine, 100 mL||1||Included|
|4% Sebacoyl Chloride, 100 mL||1||Included|
|Teacher’s Manual with Reproducible Student Sheets||1||Included|
|Fume Hood||1||Needed, Not Included|
|Glass Beaker, 100 mL||1||Needed, Not Included|
|Glass Stirring Rod||1||Needed, Not Included|
|Graduated Cylinder, 25 mL||2||Needed, Not Included|
|Paper Towels||Needed, Not Included|
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