Molecular Sorting

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Can scientists sort molecules based on their interaction with oil and water? The simulation demonstrates how this is possible. Pupils decide when to insert a molecule and observe how they sort themselves based on polarity.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Create something similar to this float and sink bottle to compare to molecular sorting
  • Challenge scholars to find a stable number of molecules so they are layered without mixing
Classroom Considerations
  • Relies on prior knowledge of buoyancy, polar, and non-polar molecules
  • Very versatile; you can use this as a class presentation, in small groups in a computer lab, or by individual students with Internet access at home or school
  • Entertaining way to teach a concept
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