Fun with Polymers

Emily Munger

Materials

Borax Solution~
1/2 cup of water
1 tablespoon of borax

Original~
2 beakers
1 tablespoon of water
1 tablespoon of white glue
Borax solution

With Salt~
2 beakers
1 tablespoon of water
1 tablespoon of white glue
1/2 teaspoon of salt
Borax solution

With Cornmeal~
2 beakers
1 tablespoon of water
1 tablespoon of white glue
1/2 teaspoon of cornmeal
Borax solution

With Baking Powder~
2 beakers
1 tablespoon of water
1 tablespoon of white glue
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
Borax solution

With Sugar~
2 beakers
1 tablespoon of water
1 tablespoon of white glue
1/2 teaspoon of sugar
Borax solution

Other Materials~
stirring rod
plastic containers
measuring tools
wax paper
sharpie

Recipies

Original~

put the borax solution into a beaker and with the stirring rod until the borax dissolves. In another beaker, mix together a tablespoon of water and a tablespoon of white glue. Add the borax solution to the beaker with the glue and stir.

Salt~

Mix together the borax solution in a beaker. In the other beaker mix a tablespoon of water and glue. Add 1/2 of a teaspoon of salt to the borax and solution and stir. Add the glue and mix them together.

Cornmeal~

With the borax solution in one beaker, mix together the 1 tablespoon of water and glue in the other beaker. In the beaker with the borax, add a 1/2 teaspoon of cornmeal. Pour the borax solution into the beaker with the glue and mix.

Baking Powder~

Mix together the borax solution in a beaker and 1 tablespoon of water and glue in the other. Add a 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder to the borax solution and mix it into the beaker with the glue. Stir them together.

Sugar~

Mix together the borax solution and 1 tablespoon of water and glue in two separate beakers. In the beaker with the borax, add 1/2 teaspoon of sugar. Pour the borax solution into the water and glue and mix them together.

Variables

Independent- borax solution and the tablespoon of water and glue


Dependent- the texture of the different recipes

Research

The borax is a compound responsible for hooking the glue molecules together to make a putty like material. Salt breaks down the bonds in polymer breaking down the polymer itself. The sugar is a goof fiber former. It has a few chains between the sugar units forcing its chains into extended configuration.