Polymer Project Journal Entry Notes 3

Describing our polymer:

1. We are making…

A polymer named Loopie that can be used to fix and make wearable products such as shoes, glasses, clothes, etc.

2. We want PHYSICAL PROPERTIES to include:

  • Not sticky (if too sticky, it is vulnerable and uncomfortable for people to use)
  • Stretchability (both long and wide, so that if there are different sizes for children, people can easily pull and shrink)
  • Bouncy/Soft (very convenient in walking, so that it doesn’t feel like walking on a hard surface, similar to shoe company design techniques and abilities)
  • Waterproof (people won’t experience any type of inconvenience on taking on and off wearable products)

Our plan to develop our prototype:

1. First, we will gather materials that we need in order to make the perfect Loopie(polymer). There is PVA solution (50 ml), Borax (5 ml), White Glue (0.5 ml), and Water (1 ml).

2. Second, we will mix and swirl up all the materials from step 1 and make it into a Loopie. If there are problems with the design, such as not having the exact physical properties, we will need to consider and redo the materials again. 

3. Third, we will test out the Loopie to check if it meets the physical properties criteria. One of our main benefit of the polymer is the waterproof ability. If we do the experiment shown in our main video and it works completely like that, that will be okay. 

4. Finally, we will attach the design to an actual wearable product to test out the benefits and rooms to improve furthermore. 

Method and Results:

First, in order to prove that these ideas and physical properties work is using several experiments to prove that the polymer is working. For example, during the video, there is an experiment that shows the waterproof ability and technique by putting in paper and comparing it to a hand towel. Moreover, the polymer can go long and wide by stretching it out which is easy to prove. Then, we are able to show the bouncy characteristic by bouncing it on a flat surface. By this, the physical properties can be proven which can be very effective.

Polymer Project Journal Entry Notes 2

Goal for our polymer project is to create a wearable product using polymers. 

Target Market Audience

Some Examples:

Adults

Parents with small kids

Elderly

Kids

Teens

Boys/Girls

Teachers/Businessmen/Shop Owners

Pet Owners

Travelers

Target Market Audience How will this help them?
Target Market Audience #1: Athletes/Sports that use shoes and gets easily damaged. The polymer design is not sticky and is stretchable/feasible for people to use when they have damaged products such as shoes.
Possible Target Market Audience #2:

*just in case you have more than one target market audience

Little kids that often likes to go outside. The polymer design can fix several parts of the shoe that makes little kids get more free and go outside very often.

 

Describing Our Polymer: 

We want the physical properties to include:

-Stretchability (can stretch wide and long, can shrink short and narrow)

-Not adhesive and sticky (if too sticky, the consequence will be hard to wear and not feasible)

-Smooth (shouldn’t damage one’s part)

-Soft/Tender surface (more comfortable when worn)

Polymer Characteristics We Are Looking For

*Gloop, Super Slime, Stretch-tastic Slime, Oobleck

Polymer Characteristics Why this is important
Gloop -Stretchability (can easily stretch and return to its normal position afterwards)

-Sticky (sticks to a certain object when touched)

This is important, because as a goal and a wearable shoe product, it needs to have a characteristic of stretchability. Its ability to stretch and return to its normal position is very effective.
Super Slime -Stretchability (easily destroyed and broken into two parts when stretched)

-Not sticky (it can feel like its sticky but does not stick on a certain object when touched)

This is important because when its not sticky, it is very useful for the feasability and the preferability for people can be substantially high.
Oobleck -Stretchability (too easily stretched and broken down)

-A little sticky (it sticks and breaks off afterwards)

This is important, because although it doesn’t match the product and the physical properties, it shows a proof and evidence of what kind of sources cannot fit into the object.

 

Developing our plan: 

First, we will try to gather as many polymer experiments that can be helpful for our product that we are trying to sell. For example, there are several ingredients such as PVA solution, Glue, Borax, etc. With these materials with quantitative and qualitative datas, we are going to try to mix various things together to create the best design.

Second, we will need to gather data and try to sort out the main characteristics of each design and prototypes that we made. This way, we can figure out what sources are useful and what not.

Third, we will try to make the best design selected, and make it into various sizes that can fit into various things. The topic is to create a design that is wearable which means that there needs to be several of the final designs to make the polymers fit in the wearable products.

Finally, we will take pictures of our process and make several videos to put it all together into one to tell our final products. We will try to identify the techniques that make a selling video more interesting and persuasive to buy.

Polymer Project Journal Entry Notes 1

Synthetic vs Natural 

Synthetic Materials: a man-made macromolecule that has thousands of repeating units. (Examples: Bottles, Super Glue)

Natural Materials: happens in nature and can be extracted, often water based. (Examples: Silk, Wool, DNA, Rubber)

 

Polymers and Where They Come From

Polymer: comes from a greek word meaning ‘many parts’ and it is when numerous monomers come together.

Synthetic Polymer #1: Bottles

Natural Resource of Bottles-High Density Polyethylene, Polyvinylchloride

Use of this material-Feasible to carry products more easily with bottles

Synthetic Polymer #2: Super Glue

Natural Resource of Bottles-Epoxy, Hydrocarbon

Use of this material-Creating the ability to attach two or more different things easily

 

Chemical Reactions

How do natural resources go through a chemical reaction to become a synthetic material?

First, in order to become a polymer, there needs to be a process where large numbers of monomers combine to form polymers. This is called polymerization. If we consider natural resources as monomers and they are combined to form a chemical reaction into a polymer, that will be a synthetic material. As we know, synthetic material are man-made macromolecules, which means that large number of monomers that are completely natural, goes through people’s hands and results to a synthetic material that people use in their daily lives.

What is monomer?

Monomers are combined to form a polymer. Hundreds and thousands of monomers add up together to form a long chain to become a polymer. It is a molecule that bonds with other identical molecules.

What is polymerization?

Polymerization is the process where large numbers of monomers combine to form polymers. It is basically the process of monomers bonding together and forming a polymer. This stage and action is called polymerization.

Sources: 

https://study.com/academy/lesson/synthetic-polymers-definition-examples.html

https://study.com/academy/lesson/natural-vs-synthetic-materials-lesson-for-kids.html

https://www.britannica.com/science/polymerization

https://chem.libretexts.org/Textbook_Maps/General_Chemistry_Textbook_Maps/Map%3A_General_Chemistry_(Petrucci_et_al.)/27%3A_Reactions_of_Organic_Compounds/27.08%3A_Polymers_and_Polymerization_Reactions