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Nanoscale Activity: How Small are Nanotubes?

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Audience: Middle school class
Time Needed: 20 minutes (45 minutes if using modified version)

  • To develop an appreciation for the scale of the nanometer, specifically as it relates to carbon nanotubes
Activity Materials:
  • Rope of ~12.5 m (41 feet)
  • Metric rulers
  • Various tubular items with a range of diameters (i.e. paper towel tube, dowel rod, pencil, birthday candle, toothpick, pencil lead)
  • An overhead projector
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