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1) Atoms and Molecules2) Macro to Micro Structures 3) Energetics and Dynamics 4) Theory and Practice in Chemical Systems 5) Chemical Design 6) The Chemistry of Life 7) Chemistry and the Environment 8) Chemistry at the Interface

Unit 8.5 Testing Products
In this unit students are asked to test several brands of plastic wrap for strength. This problem-solving activity applies concepts from chemical bonding in polymers.
Video program cues: 30:00 — 39:00

Training teachers for the new world

Teachers’ forum

"And if people want to become chemistry teachers, they need to have the ability to take something and break it down into a way of layering it, and look at the simple essence of it, and building up from there. Because just like you can’t have somebody run a kilometer race if they are not trained, you've got them thinking in different sorts of ways."

Irene Walsh
St. Andrews Episcopal School, Maryland

"The hardest thing is, twenty years ago, I was obviously trained in the traditional way, I don’t have an educational degree, I have a chemical degree, it has been really hard. The benefit I had was that I was working with a group of colleagues who were all of bright mind and had the same intent to go and find the everyday experience, to go out and find the everyday connections to the real world. To try to find the stuff to bring to the classroom and relate it to kids, has been really, really hard because there are no sources for a teacher to go to and find it, and just use it."

Caryn Galatis
Thomas Edison High School, Virginia

Moore, J.W. Education versus Training (1998), 'Journal of Chemical Education, Vol. 75, No. 2, p: 135.

Polymer strength laboratory

Al DeGennaro has his students experiment with properties of polymers in the laboratory.



  • Click on "Educational Services" and on that page, click on "Faces in Polymers" for a complete unit on polymers, including activities and history.

Kim, A.; Musfeldt, J.L. (1998) Understanding Chemical Structure/Physical Property Relationships in Polymers through Molecular Modeling and Thermal Analysis Techniques, 'Journal of Chemical Education, Vol. 75, No. 7 pp: 893-897

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