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Module Abstract

This is a module about nanotechnologies that use forces and interactions to treat water. Learners will select a water treatment problem, determine which contaminants are present in their water, and use the described nanotechnologies and their knowledge of intramolecular forces to identify the most effective water treatment system. 

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Module: Nanotreatment Module

Slides: Nanotreatment Slides

Printable Game Cards: Nanotreatment Cards

Nano Concepts (Which nanotechnology areas are being explored)

  • All interactions of atoms, molecules, and nanoparticles are influenced by different types of forces. The size of the particles affects the type and impact of the force.
  • Structure of matter consists of atoms that interact to form molecules. At the nanoscale, nanoparticles interact to assemble nanoscale structures.

Traditional Science Concepts (Which science areas are being explored)

  • Intramolecular interactions

List of Required Materials (Per person/team)

The full list of items needed for this module is below.  Note that materials for DIY modules are not available through Nano-Link or the Nano-Infusion program.

  • Water Quality Problem (Addendum B: 1 set per class)
  • Water Contaminant Cards (Addendum B: 1 set per group of 3–4 students)
  • NanoTechnology Cards (Addendum B: 1 set per group of 3–4 students)
  • Chart paper and markers, or digital tool access for students to present their system design.