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#### Jacob

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##### Nylon ~ How can I produce nylon in a classroom environment?
« on: June 25, 2007, 05:03:02 PM »
How can i produce nylon fibres suitable for demonstration in a 5 - 10 min window?

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##### Re: Nylon ~ How can I produce nylon in a classroom environment?
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2007, 08:04:23 PM »
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##### Re: Nylon ~ How can I produce nylon in a classroom environment?
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2007, 04:57:35 AM »
For classroom demo there is a classic experiment.

I done this experiment at a uni open day once as a demo for prospective students.
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##### Re: Nylon ~ How can I produce nylon in a classroom environment?
« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2007, 10:44:28 AM »
hi there!

From your experince, do you think the Nylon Rope Trick is safe to let students do it themselfs in the classroom? The room has a ventilated shaft and the students will be equiped with gloves and gogles.

What is your opinion on this? The chemicals used are intimidating, but I'm talking about students from 15 years old up.

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##### Re: Nylon ~ How can I produce nylon in a classroom environment?
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2007, 05:50:38 AM »
Traditionally I think the teacher usually does this.  The chems are a bit nasty.   I'd show the MSDS's involved to the person responsible for the safety of the children and discuss it with them.  If you did let them loose with it then you could give them a safety talk first outlining the hazards involved with the chems in use?  But to answer question truthfully  -  I do not know..

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##### Re: Nylon ~ How can I produce nylon in a classroom environment?
« Reply #9 on: October 02, 2007, 05:55:48 PM »
How can i produce nylon fibres suitable for demonstration in a 5 - 10 min window?

Are you a chem teacher... you must be insanely good to go around looking for ways to produce nylon in a classroom. I wish my chem teacher did that...
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