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Unit 5C, The Nature of Matter

Unit Project: Putting on a Science Magic Show
Learn “magic” tricks based on scientific principles and then put on a magic show.

 
Project Link 1 (Chapter 1, page C27)
Learn to do two magic tricks that are based on scientific principles. With the trick “The Disappearing Liquid” you will find out what happens when you mix different liquids, and some liquid disappears. “The Great Tissue Bust” will test your strength against a tissue. When you have completed the tricks, describe each trick and explain why it works.

Internet Links
Mysterious Mixtures

Exploratorium Science Explorer
Outrageous Ooze—Is This Stuff a Liquid or a Solid?
http://www.exploratorium.edu/science_explorer/ooze.html

Polymer Science Learning Center: Educational Resources
Polymer Activities
http://www.pslc.ws/teacher.html

Student Resources

  • How To Do the Tricks (The Disappearing Liquid, The Great Tissue Bust)
  • Why The Tricks Work (The Disappearing Liquid, The Great Tissue Bust)

    Project Link 2 (Chapter 2, page C41)
    Learn to do three magic tricks that are based on scientific principles. When doing the trick “What Color Is Blue Ink?” decide whether ink is a mixture or a compound. In “The Invisible Force,” explore why an index card can be used as a cap to keep a glass full of water from spilling. “The Leakproof Strainer” may make you wonder how one liquid can keep another liquid from passing through the holes in a strainer. When you have completed the tricks, describe each and explain why it works.

    Internet Links
    At-Home Science Tricks

    Exploratorium Science Explorer
    Black Magic: Discover Secret Colors Hidden in a Black Marker!
    http://www.exploratorium.edu/science_explorer/black_magic.html

    Miami Museum of Science: See Air Pressure
    http://www.miamisci.org/hurricane/airpressurecan.html

    Reeko's Mad Scientist Lab
    The Magic Can–A Demonstration of Pressure
    http://www.spartechsoftware.com/reeko/Experiments/magiccan.htm

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Space Team Online: Surface Tension–Driven Flow
    http://www.quest.arc.nasa.gov/space/teachers/microgravity/6surf.html

    Exploratorium Science Explorer
    The Amazing Water Trick: Do Hot and Cold Water Mix?
    http://www.exploratorium.edu/science_explorer/watertrick.html

    Exploratorium Science Explorer
    Salt Volcano—Make Your Own Miniature “Lava Lite”
    http://www.exploratorium.edu/science_explorer/volcano.html

    Student Resources

  • How To Do the Tricks (What Color Is Blue Ink?, The Invisible Force, The Leakproof Strainer)
  • Why the Tricks Work (What Color Is Blue Ink?, The Invisible Force, The Leakproof Strainer)

    Project Link 3 (Chapter 3, page C83)
    Learn to do four more magic tricks based on scientific principles. In the trick “Crystal Creation” you will make crystals appear in a liquid. In “Parting Pepper” you will make pepper grains scatter across the surface of a liquid without disturbing the liquid. Finally, with the “Dissolving Pictures” trick, you will get to make and use a solution that can transfer a picture from a newspaper onto a piece of paper. When you have completed the tricks, describe each trick and explain why it works.

    Internet Links
    Kitchen Chemistry Tricks

    National Aeronautical and Space Administration
    Space Team Online: Surface Tension
    http://www.quest.arc.nasa.gov/space/teachers/mg/9tension.html

    Spartech Software
    Reeko's Mad Scientist Lab: The “Am I Dense” Experiment
    http://www.spartechsoftware.com/reeko/Experiments/ExpDensityLiquids.htm

    Student Resources
  • How To Do the Tricks (Crystal Creation, The Great Burnout, Parting Pepper, Dissolving Pictures)
  • Why the Tricks Work (Crystal Creation, The Great Burnout, Parting Pepper, Dissolving Pictures)
  • Planning the Big Event


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