Goodstein, Madeline Plastics and Polymers Science Fair Projects, Revised and Expanded Using the Scientific Method
Enslow 2010 160p 34.60
978-0-7660-3412-9 ms/hs Chemistry science experiments VG-BNS
Chemistry Science Projects Using Scientific Method(Enslow)
In this updated and revised edition that includes use of the scientific method,, the author provides information on choosing and planning a science experiment using ordinary plastics.
In this updated and revised edition, the author provides information on choosing and planning a science experiment using ordinary plastics. The book starts with an in-depth discussion of the scientific method and how it should be applied to experiments and projects and how proper usage will improve entries in science fairs. She describes how long chains of polymers are composed of single monomers and how plastics are formed from these polymers by showing sample models of these polymers. She then discusses how to set up experiments that may be used later for a science fair project. These experiments discuss the different properties of polymers and how they affect the finished plastics, how to test plastics for identification, and different projects that measure stretch, heat resistance, shrink-wraps, and hydrophilic and hydrophobic polymers. Basic knowledge of plastics and polymers increase as each experiment is completed.
The material is very clearly explained, with suggestions on how to get started, how to choose the proper type of project, what supplies are needed to fulfill the requirements necessary to do correct research, and what materials to use to present the project. The author offers a clear description of scientific method and how to use it correctly to support the research. She considers safety aspects and is very clear about the necessity for careful work. The book contains very clear diagrams of experiments, illustrations, charts, graphs, and tables. It has an excellent glossary with clear explanations of the scientific terms. It has an index, and a bibliography of books for further reading and Internet resources. Ogintz, Susan