Junk Drawer Chemistry

Junk Drawer Chemistry
Junk Drawer Chemistry

Junk Drawer Chemistry

50 Awesome Experiments That Don't Cost a Thing
By Bobby Mercer

Junk Drawer Science

JUVENILE NONFICTION

224 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB, PDF, Mobipocket

EPUB, $10.99 (US $10.99) (CA $14.99)

ISBN 9781613731826

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Oct 2015)

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Overview

There's no need for expensive, high-tech lab equipment to conduct chemistry experiments—you probably have all you need in your home junk drawer. Turn an old LED flashlight into an Energy Drink Tester using aluminum foil and electrical tape. Mix cornstarch and water to make Non-Newtonian Goo. Use a 9-volt battery and thumbtacks to break water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen. Create edible Sweet Crystals from a saturated sugar solution. Or construct your own Three-Penny Battery from galvanized washers, pennies, vinegar, and scrap cardboard.           Here are more than 50 great hands-on experiments that can be performed for just pennies . . . or less. Each project has a materials list, detailed step-by-step instructions with illustrations, and a brief explanation of the scientific principle being demonstrated—atoms, compounds, solutions, mixtures, reactions, thermodynamics, acids and bases, and more. 

Reviews

"[Junk Drawer Chemistry is] very highly recommended for family, school, and community library instructional reference collections." —Midwest Book Review

"[Bobby Mercer] has made doing these experiments not only challenging but also great fun for your budding scientist." —Storywraps

"Students and educators will enjoy this resource as it makes learning science fun and appealing." —School Library Connection

Author Biography

Bobby Mercer has been sharing the fun of science for more than two decades as a high school physics teacher. He is the author of Junk Drawer Physics, a 2015 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize finalist; The Flying Machine Book; and The Racecar Book.

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