Chemistry in Action - Slime

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Most of us have seen someone slimed on television and many of us have played with the slime that is sold in stores. Slime is an example of a gel, a substance that flows, but also breaks. Slime is derived from polyvinyl alcohol, a polymer made up of vinyl alcohol subunits. When polyvinyl alcohol is is mixed with the chemical sodium tetraborate it creates slime.

You know you want to learn how to make your own slime, so watch today's free Chemistry video with Professor Gordon Yee. He'll demonstrate how to create slime and explain why the chemical reaction results in a gel. This simple, but fun experiment can be easily replicated at home, so watch, learn, and then try it yourself!


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