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Monomers, Polymers, and Plastic

Monomers, Polymers, and Plastic
All plastics contain polymers, but not all polymers are plastic. Confused yet? Let’s break this down. Monomer means “one,” and monomers are small molecules containing one part. These molecules can join with other...

Monomers, Polymers, and Plastic

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Acids and Bases

Acids and Bases
Let’s head to your kitchen. Taste a bit of lemon juice or vinegar. Did you pucker? Now taste a tiny fleck of baking soda. It’s bitter, right? Lemon juice and vinegar are acidic, while baking soda is alkaline, or a base. Almost every liquid is either an acid or a base. Chemists know that...

Acids and Bases

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What is Matter?

What is Matter?
Matter is all around you. Your bed, your dog, even the air you breathe, are all made of matter. Matter is anything that takes up space, including gases and liquids. Matter takes on different forms, known as the states of matter. You probably already know about solids, gases and liquids,...

What is Matter?

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Chemistry Glossary

Chemistry Glossary
The study of chemistry includes words that you might not have heard before. Words like elements or protons. Understanding what basic chemistry words mean will help you enjoy studying chemistry more. Below are the most common chemistry words you’ll find:

Chemistry Glossary

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Chemistry: What Is It?

Chemistry: What Is It?
Chemistry is the scientific study of matter. Remember, matter is any substance – liquid, gas, or solid. Chemists study the composition of matter – what it’s made of – and how it interacts with energy and other substances. By studying chemistry, scientists can develop new products,...

Chemistry: What Is It?

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Elements

Elements
We know that all matter contains atoms, and those atoms contain protons, neutrons, and electrons. But atoms aren’t all the same. They have different amounts of protons, neutrons, and electrons. Scientists have discovered about 120 different types of atoms – or

Elements

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Computers: History, Components and Future

Computers: History, Components and Future
When you think about computers, you probably think about your home computer, your laptop or even a notepad. Your home computers can do everything from send a letter to plan...

Computers: History, Components and Future

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Mail: A Brief History And How it Works

Mail: A Brief History And How it Works
Today you can send a message to a friend with a touch of a button by text, email or phone call. Two hundred years ago, though, people waited for weeks for a letter from family or friends. Getting a letter in the mail was an exciting, momentous event. The earliest post offices were mail...

Mail: A Brief History And How it Works

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Blimps, Dirigibles and Zeppelins

Blimps, Dirigibles and Zeppelins
Have you ever seen the Goodyear blimp flying overhead above football stadiums or other events? One hundred years ago, blimps, dirigibles and Zeppelins were the way to get around if you wanted to fly. Today, these airships have been largely replaced by

Blimps, Dirigibles and Zeppelins

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Daedalus and Icarus – A Greek Myth

Daedalus and Icarus – A Greek Myth
Men have always dreamed about flying, but most early attempts ended in disaster. Legends and myths are stories that usually teach something or that have a message. A Greek myth teaches us about the folly of men trying to fly. It goes like this: Wicked King Minos cast his architect...

Daedalus and Icarus – A Greek Myth

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All About Airplanes and Flight

Since the beginning of time, man has watched the birds and wished for flight. But birds have light, hollow bones, strong muscles and feathers that make them designed for the air. We humans have heavy bones, weaker muscles and no feathers. We’re not made for flight. People dreamed about flying...

All About Airplanes and Flight

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All About Boats, Rafts and Ships

All About Boats, Rafts and Ships
Long before there were cars or even wagons and carts, people used boats to get around and travel. The first boats were simple rafts, made from logs tied together...

All About Boats, Rafts and Ships

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All About Internal Combustion Engines

All About Internal Combustion Engines
You probably ride in your car every day to school or soccer practice, but have you ever wondered what makes your car go? The powerful internal combustion engine underneath the hood is at the heart of your car’s performance. The secret to the internal combustion engine is simply burning...

All About Internal Combustion Engines

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All About Trains: History and Latest Trends

All About Trains: History and Latest Trends
For most of history, man moved around through one of three methods – by walking, by animals or by

All About Trains: History and Latest Trends

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All About Tunnels: Types and Uses

All About Tunnels: Types and Uses
Have you ever gone through a very long tunnel like the Eisenhower Tunnel in the Rocky Mountains? This tunnel was drilled right through the mountains so cars and...

All About Tunnels: Types and Uses

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All About Machines That Make Life Easier

All About Machines That Make Life Easier
Not very long ago, people had to work hard to take care of basic tasks. Washing a few clothes could take several hours or even days. People had to heat water on a stove and then scrub clothes on a washboard. The

All About Machines That Make Life Easier

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All About Wheels: History, Working and Importance

All About Wheels: History, Working and Importance
Do you like to roller-blade? How about riding your bike or skateboarding? All these vehicles use wheels to go. Cars, planes and trucks also use...

All About Wheels: History, Working and Importance

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All About Simple Machines: Types and Functions

All About Simple Machines: Types and Functions
Every day you use machines without even thinking about it. A machine is anything that helps make work easier. Basic tools like staplers, screwdrivers and scissors are simple machines. These machines are all based on simple inventions like levers, planes, pulleys or

All About Simple Machines: Types and Functions

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All About Force: Push and Pull

All About Force: Push and Pull
You can’t see them, but forces make the world go round. Friction happens when two things rub against each other. Friction makes things slow down. It can also warm them up. Try rubbing your hands together. Are your hands warmer? Gravity...

All About Force: Push and Pull

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