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Polymer Journal #4


For every prototype we created we tried creating a polymer that satisfies Aaron comfort. Our general rule of thumb was if Aaron liked it everyone likes it. I believe our first prototype was flexible and stuck to anything pretty easily but it didn’t satisfy Aaron. Our second prototype was not as flexible as prototype 1 and it ripped easily but it was a bit more comfortable. Prototype 3 was our best out of all of them we also changed it the most we took prototype 1 and added more glue, on top of that we put some cornstarch. We asked multiple people and even Aaron said it was good, when we tested it with a golf club Aaron said, “it actually feels really nice, I’m not even joking that actually feels really good. This polymer is dope.” The only limitation is that when people are playing golf it will hot and you sweat when your hot. Once your sweat comes in contact with the polymer all the cornstarch will become wet and it will become all slimy which will make Aaron get grossed out. Our final prototype was a complete fail, more people liked the feel of prototype 3 and it broke easily. It had its strengths it was able to mend easily if it ripped but at times it can get messy. Our first designs didn’t really have that big of a change it it did help a little bit. The first two prototypes we changed the amount of water we put in the polymer. The third prototype we added more glue which made it more solid but it still felt a bit slimy so we added some cornstarch which was perfect for Aaron. The last prototype we added liquid PVA instead of white glue it made it very fragile which was not good for us but it still had some of the standards we wanted. As I write this I have thought of new ideas such as using half white glue and half PVA. For our final design prototype 3 you need to add 30ml of glue into a beaker, 8ml of borax into a graduated cylinder, 5ml of water in a separate graduated cylinder. After you have everything put it all into the beaker and mix with a stick once you think you can’t mix anymore take all of it out and use your hands. After it is a nice solid piece of polymer add one scoop of cornstarch and spread it out. And that’s how you make our master piece.

Here is the evolution of our prototypes


Polymer Project Jornal #3


For our golf club grip we want our polymer to fell nice and squishy but not too wet, we also want the polymer to reduce blisters. To find out the polymer will do this we will ask people which polymer feels better each time we will ask five different people keep a tally and use the one that feels better afterwards to create a better polymer. Even though comfort is a good factor I believe that reducing blisters is more important. We can test whether or not the polymer is worthy or not by allowing Aaron to put the polymer on his golf club and take a few swings to see if he gets blisters, Aaron won’t be wearing a glove. To achieve these standards for comfort we will add different ingredients to our polymer to see which works and which doesn’t, we have notice lots of people liked the cornstarch on with the polymer I believe the next step is to create different density in the polymer. To create a polymer that reduces blisters I think that corn starch should help but to make it better I think that we can use something like baby powder to make it more slippery.

Polymer Journal #1


Synthetic materials a material that is created by chemical synthesis. In other words, it’s a material that is chemically created by humans. Two examples of synthetic materials are plastic and nylon. But a natural resource is something that can be used that is created through the earth’s natural power. Two examples of natural recourses are wood and iron.A monomer is a molecule that can be bonded with another molecule such as ethylene. Polymerization is the process of creating a polymer.

A polymer is when a molecule is bonded to two or more other molecules so it becomes one molecule this process repeats. An example of a polymer is nylon it is made out of the elements Hydrogen, Carbon, Oxygen and Nitrogen. Nylon is very useful it can be used for clothing, different molds for shapes, food packaging, instruments strings and more. Another example of a polymer is polyethylene it is made out of ethane or ethylene. It can be used for pretty much all plastic things, from big pipes from a construction site to small plastic bags in your house. To create these polymers some, need to be heated, using laser and lots of other different things, you can even just mix some with your hands.

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