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Demonstrations for the Materials Science Classroom

Water Absorbing Polymer in a Glass
Subject
Chemistry
Physics
Education Level
Adult
High School

This is a compendium of demonstrations exploring the properties of materials. Material science is the study of the five classes of material: metals, ceramics/glasses, polymers, semiconductors, and composites, and their applicable properties.  It is an exceedingly important subject because every field must deal with the properties of materials, whether or not it is a conscious involvement.  Materials science is an interdisciplinary field that explores the properties of matter and applies this information to many areas of science and engineering.  It often encompasses elements of chemistry and physics as well as several areas of engineering such as electrical, mechanical, chemical, civil, and aeronautical.

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