Polymers are materials made of large molecules composed of many repeating units. For example, plastics are synthetic polymers. They are one of the simplest compost of molecules. Our original goal was to design a polymer that can be used as a sound insulator and reduce its’ sound. There are many things that should be used as a sound insulator including the high heels. Our final goal was to produce a polymer product that can be worn on shoes that has heels to avoid its noise. These heels are especially annoying at the library. Hardly, anyone can concentrate on his or her own works because of the sound that is produced by high heels. We’ve planned to call our polymer as M.M.H, which stands for Manners Maketh Heels. It means that wearing this polymer on heels will make you a person with manners!
Our first two prototypes didn’t turn as well as we expected, but during the third test we’ve started to have a polymer that is similar to the ones that we’ve expected to have for our final product. The first prototype had too much liquid glue, which made the polymer too sticky. The reason why it shouldn’t be is because it might stick on the floor as the consumer walk with the heels. The second polymer needed to a stringier and more rubbery and then we’ve realized that we’ve included too much liquid starch because it makes the slime ‘less’ stringy. There are lots of kinds of heels these days, and to wear these, it should be moldable. The costumer should be able to change the shape of the polymer. My teammates and I’ve developed an idea of mixing Super slim with Boogers. We’ve added some more glue and some more guar gum into the solution, which became a perfect final product.
The main thing that we struggled during the project all happened because of the hypothesis that we had from the first class. We had a hypothesis that PVA solution and Guar Gum has the features that we would defiantly do not want to include in our solution. However, as we fail different tests of the polymer, we’ve started to use the materials that we have never used before. During this project, I’ve learned that there are lots of polymers around us, and they are often used.