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Identifying polymers

Description

In this experiment solutions with known densities are used to identify the polymers used in everyday materials.

Credits

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This is an experiment from the Practical Chemistry project, developed by the Nuffield Foundation and the Royal Society of Chemistry.
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Apparatus Chemicals

Eye protection

Each working group will require:

Boiling tubes, 6 (Note 1)

Boiling-tube rack

Glass stirring rod

Scissors capable of cutting plastic samples

Paper towels

Method for labelling boiling tubes

Access to liquids of known density, 1 – 6 (Note 2)

Samples of plastics for testing (Note 3)

Refer to Health & Safety and Technical notes section below for additional information.

 


 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



In this experiment solutions with known densities are used to identify the polymers used in everyday materials.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

This is a resource from the Practical Chemistry project, developed by the Nuffield Foundation and the Royal Society of Chemistry. This collection of over 200 practical activities demonstrates a wide range of chemical concepts and processes. Each activity contains comprehensive information for teachers and technicians, including full technical notes and step-by-step procedures. Practical Chemistry activities accompany Practical Physics and Practical Biology .