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Forces at the Nanoscale: Nano Properties of Everyday Plants


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    Twin Cities Public Television

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Forces at the Nanoscale: Nano Properties of Everyday Plants

This is an activity (located on page 3 of PDF) about surface tension. Learners will test different leaves with drops of water and full submersion to compare how water interacts with the leaf surface. Water will stick to some leaves more than others, seeming to almost jump off some. Learners record their observations in a table and produce leaf drawings/rubbings. This activity introduces learners to forces on the nanoscale and relates to linked video, DragonflyTV Nano: Nasturtium Leaves.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • leaves from various plants (geranium, nasturtium, lamb’s ear, begonia)
  • water
  • eye dropper
  • magnifying glass
  • notebook and pencil

Subjects


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Nanotechnology
  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Plants
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
      • Data Representation
    • Measurement
      • Size and Scale
  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
      • Chemical Bonding
    • States of Matter
      • Liquids
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results

Informal Categories


  • Nature and Environment

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

Source Collection:

  • DragonflyTV

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Twin Cities Public Television, Inc., ©2008

Funding Source:

  • National Science Foundation, 741749

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