CleanyKeys Polymer Journal #4!


Throughout our design process and experimentation, we have learned a lot. From the four trials, three of them resulted in failure. In our first trial, we added PVA and borax, which resulted in a not very stretchy slime, we need the slime to be stretchy to adapt to the different keyboards as well as giving the user some flexibility on where they want to clean. In the second trial, we tried to fix this problem by including less borax and more PVA, which made it more stretchy but changed made it runnier and stickier. Although this ended up as a failure, the slime gave us some insight on what the ingredients can bring to the polymer and helped us realize our errors so that we could review, revise, and create again! Our third experiment was more successful. We added 13 milliliters of liquid starch, 10 milliliters of borax, and 70 milliliters of PVA. This trial helped immensely with the stretchiness of the slime as well as making it more solid. However, this trial was still not good enough for our high standards. The slime was still not as stretchy as we wanted and it was runny because of the overdose of PVA. Our fourth trial was incredibly successful; this was the one experiment that hit all our standards. This was because we took out the borax entirely and replaced it with just liquid starch. Having 20 milliliters of PVA and 47 milliliters of liquid starch, this experiment had the right amount of stretchiness, the right amount of liquid to solid ratio, and when we safely tested it on a keyboard, it cleaned! Now, all we have to do is make it smell pleasant for our customers and make it a nice blue color!


CleanyKeys Polymer Journal #3

For my companies cleaning product, it should not be too slimy or too hard. This is because the properties that the polymer has a significant impact on its use. If the polymer is too slimy, it might seep into your computer! And nobody wants that. If the polymer is too hard, it will not be sticky enough to collect all the bits and grime that lurk under your keys! A physical property it should have is the smell, to make the polymer smell pleasant for our customers and make sure their keys are squeaky clean and smell good. Another physical property it should have is the stickiness, we do not want our slime sticking to your computer and your hands! The plan my company has to develop prototypes is to create, review, revise, edit, and create! We will do this continuously until we find the perfect solution for your keyboard needs. The way we test these numerous prototypes is to use it on a keyboard, make sure it is used enough that it has dirt in every corner and slit, and then clean it all right up! As a standard, we use a newly bought keyboard and then compared it to the clean one to see which one is cleaner.

Polymer Journal #2

For the polymer project, my group has invested our time into creating the perfect cleaning polymer. Anyone can use this cleaning product! As long as you have a computer. This polymer will solve all of your dirty keyboard issues, especially the grime and dirt underneath. The unique mixture is made up of a borax solution and white glue. Often when these two substances have combined the properties of the substances change. A
physical or chemical reaction is taking place when this happens. White craft glue is a type of polymer called polyvinyl acetate. When the borax solution is added to the glue, the molecules of the borax bind up the glue “strands” so that the glue no longer flows freely. The properties of this new substance are unlike the original glue or borax solution. The “goop” behaves unusually; it has some characteristics of a liquid and some characteristics of a solid. This substance creates the perfect solution to our dirty keyboard problems, by seeping between the keys and removing the gunk, your keyboard will be clean! This product would go to the most important client that anyone could sell too…The public! Everyone would be able to use this polymer to clean their keyboard and any other hard-to-get-to places. The slime is also straightforward and will not seep into your computer as it is a mixture of solids and liquids.


The Giver – Jonas’ Characterization




“You may lie” is one of the things that should never be said in the world of The Giver. The Giver is a novel about a dystopian future where the government controls the people by controlling their individual freedom. This dystopia is enclosed, and the people do not know anything about the world except for their community. The author Lois Lowry depicts Jonas, the protagonist, as a character that undergoes an extreme change from beginning to end.

Jonas’ perspective and views change according to what he has experienced through time and who he encounters. At the beginning of the story, Jonas appears ignorant and unconcerned about his monotone lifestyle. Of course, he is just a child during this part of the book. Jonas has grown up with the precision of language, and a family that is not biologically related. He has accepted this way of life because he does not know any other lifestyle or way of living. Throughout the book, Jonas’ viewpoints, personality, appearance, and how others see him change drastically. After he was chosen to be ‘The Receiver,’ his road to adulthood started.
Specifically, in his training, when his mentor tells him that he may lie. “His mind reeled. Now, empowered to ask questions of utmost rudeness-and promised answers-he could, conceivably (though it was almost unimaginable), ask someone, some adult, his father perhaps: ‘Do you lie?’ But he would have no way of knowing if the answer he received was true.” (page 71) This shows that the new rules that Jonas is given are incredibly out of order to what he believed in. He also starts doubting the people around him and eventually coming to a point where he is miserable that no one in Sameness community loves each other or has a real loving relationship with another.

“Do you love me?”

There was an awkward silence for a moment. Then Father gave a little chuckle. “Jonas. You, of all people. Precision of language, please!”

“Do you understand why it’s inappropriate to use a word like ‘love’?” Mother asked.

Jonas nodded. “Yes, thank you, I do,” he replied slowly.

It was his first lie to his parents.” (page 127)

Jonas’ appearance should also change as he gets older and older through the book, growing from a little 12-year-old to a full grown teenager. He has Blue-Grey eyes, as opposed to the brown eyes that the rest of the community has, indicating his uniqueness and his importance in The Giver. Otherwise, his short brown hair and structured face remain the same throughout the story, showing that he is not a total outsider. Other than his appearance, the people around him change too. Because of him becoming more and more introverting and miserable, Jonas loses his friends, all he has is The Giver. This, of course, makes everyone see him as weird and an outsider, pushing him further and further away. “He felt such love for Asher and for Fiona. But they could not feel it back, without the memories.” (page 135)

Because The Giver is a dystopian book about a perfect world, many novels could be compared to The Giver. Anthem is a great book to compare to The Giver though. This is because both societies were engineered to be “perfect.” In Anthem, they were basically robots. Both in The Giver and in Anthem the main characters become more aware of how everyone is the “same,” because of how scientists and the government teamed up and designed a way to keep everyone and the earth safe both these characters seek a way “out” of their society. Prometheus believes in individualism and rejects the community around him. He is self-centered and vain, durable, and intelligent. He is curious and desires the freedom to explore and think, and he is not afraid of the “society” of mindless drones around him. You can primarily relate this to Jonas as he is all of these things. At the end of the book, the only thing that Jonas can think of is that he has to get out of the community, not only for himself but to help the people by returning their memories to them. This just shows how selfless Jonas becomes from being an ignorant child to a self-aware man.