Nano and Society Activities


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A Billion Switches On A Tiny Chip

Waveguides: How computers talk to one another

Lesson 1: Refraction Tank

Lesson 2: Gelatin Waveguides (Inquiry-based)
Lesson 3: The Bending Radius of an Optical Fiber
Waveguide and Power Loss
Understanding Wave Motion
Lines on Paper

Nanocatalysts Clean Your Car Emissions: Lab 1



Nanocatalysts Clean Your Car Emissions: Lab 2

Nanocatalysts Clean Your Car Emissions: Lab 3
Nanofiltration: What affects the Purity of Water?
Water Filtration and Nanoparticles
How can Nanoparticles move from Land to Ocean? (Runoff)
Can Small Pollutants Harm Aquatic Organisms?
Can We Absorb Nanoparticle Pollutants?
The NanoSounds of MusicPart I, Introduction to Sound
Part 2, Analog Recording
Part 3, Digital Recording
Part 4, Atomic Force Microscopy


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