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The Chemistry of Clean: Make Your Own Soap to Study Soap Synthesis

Abstract   Soap comes in many varieties and forms—from bars to bottles to boxes. The uses for soaps are just as expansive—from cleaning our hands, hair, and faces to a variety of household cleaning jobs, such as dishes or laundry. One thing all these different soaps have in common is their chemical origin; they were …

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Devising an algorithm for solving Rubik’s cube

  TIME REQUIRED Long (2-4 weeks) PREREQUISITES To do this project you should enjoy solving puzzles and thinking in three dimensions Objective The goal of this project is to devise an algorithm for solving Rubik’s cube, using three sets of moves that each accomplish a specific function. Introduction Rubik’s cube is an interesting 3-dimensional puzzle …

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Measuring the Speed of Light with a Microwave Oven Stove

Abstract Did you know that you can measure the speed of light using a microwave oven, some egg white, and a ruler? SAFETY Adult supervision recommended   Objective The goal of this project is to measure the speed of electromagnetic waves in the microwave portion of the spectrum by measuring the spacing between hot spots …

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