P406: Soft baits to window clings: An activity/demonstration to help students better understand polymers and plasticizers

Author: Bruce W. Baldwin, Spring Arbor University, USA


Date: 8/5/14

Time: 9:35 AM9:55 AM

Room: LMH 176

Related Symposium: S3

Soft baits used in fishing are an amazingly life-like material that has revolutionized fishing world wide. However, there is little that is easily accessible to undergraduate students to understand the chemistry of these materials. Using FTIR to characterize the soft baits and simple melting range analysis to define the heating profile, a kid-safe activity/ demonstration was developed.