Lesson Title: Composite Materials
August 15, 2012
Unit: Physical Science  Properties of Matter Grade Levels: 46 Connection To Curriculum: Science and Mathematics Teacher Prep Time: 20 minutes Lesson Time Needed: 12 hours Complexity: Moderate Keywords: liquid, solid, gas, density, chemicals, matter, properties, alloys, cube, mass metals
Vernier calipers
Balance Calculator Worksheet copies Composites: Seven carbon fiber samples Carbon fiber strip Spruce strip Worksheets Nitinol: Memory Metal pink book Nitinol sample (inside front cover of book; shaped to form the word "Ice") 300 ml of hot water Density Cube Set Six metal cubes Blue sheet with graph of "% Zinc vs Density of ZnAl Sample" 
Description
Students explore the properties of composite materials through a series of four demonstrations.
Objectives
Students will:
• Examine several samples of carbon fiber materials.
• Measure at least one sample and determine its volume.
• Calculate a sample's density.
Lesson Guide
Composite Materials Lesson
[112KB PDF file]
Lesson Activities and Sequence

Composites
Students explore the properties of composite materials through a series of four demonstrations (go to Structures and Materials section).
National Science Education Standards, NSTA
Physical Science
• Properties and changes in properties of matter.
• Properties and motions of objects.
Science as Inquiry
• Understanding the nature of science.
Science and Technology
• Understanding science and technology.
Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, NCTM
Measurement and data
• Geometric measurement: understand concepts of volume and relate volume to multiplication and to addition.
Physical Science
• Properties and changes in properties of matter.
• Properties and motions of objects.
Science as Inquiry
• Understanding the nature of science.
Science and Technology
• Understanding science and technology.
Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, NCTM
Measurement and data
• Geometric measurement: understand concepts of volume and relate volume to multiplication and to addition.