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Chemistry Show

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2013 Purdue Chemistry Show

“The Chemistry of Polymers”

Saturday, October 5, 2013


Wetherill Laboratory, Room 200 (WTHR 200)

Event is free and open to the public. Fun for all ages!


      This year's show will  focus on polymers - giant molecules made up of repeating units called monomers. The monomers act like a link in a chain. Chemical reactions that cause the molecules to link together produce a whole variety of polymeric materials. For example, polymers are used in making super balls and car tires, football helmets and milk jugs, and a Superabsorbant compound used in diapers. During the show the discovery and developmental history of polymers will be explained and demonstrated. One of the many polymers that will be made during the show is slime, the children’s toy. Free samples of slime will be given away to those in attendance.

Contact: Paul E. Smith, Director of Lecture Demonstrations, (765) 494-5307,


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