Project: NASCAR


You will write a short (two-page) report about a topic from the ChemMatters article about NASCAR. The paper itself is merely the evidence that you took the time to educate yourself further about something you find interesting. The point of this project is to spend some time learning something you never knew and never thought you would learn. In other words, read and then read some more. Once you know something, write it down.

Topic Ideas

Pick something you are interested in and read all about it. Do not use the classtime you are spending in the library for talking with your friends and surfing the Internet. Use it to find interesting things to read and then read them! You must use at least three sources and one of them must be in print (not on the WWW). By reading information from several sources on the same topic you can become educated about that topic. When educated people write about what they know it is interesting to read. Be prepared to write something your teacher will be interested in reading.

The polymers mentioned include:
  • Nylon
  • Polycarbonates (Lexan®)
  • Polyurethanes
  • Polystyrene
  • Polyesters
  • Polyisoprene
  • Polybutadiene
  • Composite materials
  • Thermoplastics
  • Elastomers
  • Thermoplastic elastomers


Use this project in conjunction with the organic chemistry modeling described in the following:
Organic Modeling 1
Organic Modeling 2
This project was inspired by the February 2007 article in ChemMatters (
I worked up some comprehension questions about the article: NASCAR Article Questions
Last updated: Apr 09, 2007        Home