The Chemistry Of Slime

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Slime, It was one of the most popular trends in 2017, It’s somewhat a trend now. What's so astonishing about slime? Well in my opinion i say that it's a stress reliever, fun to play with, the texture, noises that it makes, and the satisfaction of it. Slime can be fun to play with but can hurt you. What exactly is the definition of slime? According to the dictionary it says it’s “a moist, soft, and slippery substance.” I will be talking about the chemistry of slime. How did slime start to be a trend? Well visitors from Discovery Center were invited to become chemist by making their own slime. They all begin to add two chemical solution and mixing it together. They then made an outcome that was “slime-y.” They shared it with everyone and…show more content…
Seeing that the borax and glue are mixed first with or without water, when combing then, they cooperate through hydrogen bonding. Matrix polymer is the glu and the borax combined together to make the slime, rather than linear polymer, which is glue by itself (Discovery center). What makes slime stretchy and thick? The glue has flexible molecules in it called polymers, they slide past each other as liquid. Borate ion (B(OH)4- is borax in water forming the ion. When the solution (borax) is added to the glue, the borate ion help connect the polymer molecules to each other so they won't be able to move and flow as easily. When enough polymer molecules gets absorbed together correctly, the glue changes for liquidity to a really satisfying rubbery thing called slime. You can also add water to it, which would make glossy slime. Water would help the polymer molecules slide past each other so the slime would be able to flow. It could become a piece of slime if you let the water evaporate (ACS Chemistry for…show more content…
Yes, it makes the slime stretchy which it lets it to make it bounce. When alcohol and borax are attracted to each other they go through chemical reaction. Accordingly the chemical reaction absorbs heat energy also known as endothermic reaction (The national science and technology centre). As i mentioned earlier about that ‘borax can be dangerous by giving you a 3rd degree burn’ i will now be talking about ‘Why can making homemade slime be bad for you?’. I know playing with slime can be fun, but there can be consequences. Getting a first, second, or even a 3rd degree burn! How does borax or sodium borate burn the skin? Well borax is sold as a cleaning product also it’s a mineral. It rarely causes chemical burn because borax is a mild irritant. There are three stages of a burn. First, “there’s the length of time that a person is in contact with the chemical or source of heat. Second, there’s the strength of chemical or heat, Finally, the thickness of the skin also plays a role and children have thinner skin.” said Copper. A chemical happens when a chemical damages the skin, you can stop the damage by washing of the chemical, otherwise it will keep causing damage. There are first-, second-, and third-degree burn. The first-degree burn, which is when the burn only damages the top layer of your skin, This degree burn will make your skin turn red, nothing else. Second-degree burn is a lot more dangerous, this happens when the damage spreads
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