Reviews for Plastics and Polymers Science Fair Projects : Using Hair Gel, Soda Bottles, and Slimy Stuff

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2004 Fall
Full of information and instructions, these books contain a range of experiments, from simple ones concerning molecules in motion to complex ones involving identification and separation of plastics for recycling. Most use ordinary materials, though some require specialized equipment such as scales. Black-and-white drawings illustrate the crowded pages. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind. [Review covers these Chemistry! Best Science Projects titles: [cf2]Plastics and Polymers Science Fair Projects[cf1] and [cf2]Water Science Fair Projects[cf1].] Copyright 2004 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Library Media Connection Reviews 2004 November/December
Books offering science projects, both for the budding chemist or for the science fair are always in demand. The two volumes reviewed would be a good addition to meeting that demand. Both devote the first chapter to the chemical makeup of the book's topic, then move on to various experiments and projects moving from simple to complex. Both offer glossaries, indices, and further reading, as well as Web sites. Cartoon-like illustrations, and colorful covers also lend appeal to these books. Students will learn how they can make both slime and silly putty. This could provide middle schoolers entertainment for a rainy day. These books would be best used by average science students, and could help them explain the states of matter and polymers. During the time preceding the science fair, these books could be very valuable. Recommended. R. Kim Sutherland, Media Specialist, East Middle School, Grand Junction, Colorado [Editor's Note: For a listing of titles in the series, visit] © 2004 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

School Library Journal Reviews 2004 July
Gr 7 Up-Students who have some background in the fundamentals of chemistry will find clear-cut instructions in these two offerings. The texts are structured so that each example builds on the previous one. Plastics introduces the concept of polymers and shows how to build a model of a hydrocarbon chain. That basic concept is followed by a series of experiments that expand upon it. In the second volume, the emphasis is on understanding why water behaves the way it does molecularly. Sample projects include purification by distillation, experiments with acids and bases, and testing the power of hydrogen ions. Both titles use easily obtainable materials and common household products, and emphasize the importance of safety (including the proper disposal of chemicals). Each experiment is followed by a list of science-project ideas that will expand students' knowledge of the concepts. Black-and-white sketches help to clarify directions and provide visual interest.-Kathryn Kosiorek, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Brooklyn, OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.