Museum of Science and Industry

Make Slime

Step 6 of 6: What's happening?

Key Terms Defined

Tiny molecules strung together in long, repeating chains
The smallest part of a substance, it is made up of one or more atoms

White glue is loaded with long chain molecules that are called polymers. Borax links those polymers together into a big network; this is called cross-linking. The result is even larger polymers that create a thickened slime. The primary polymer in white school glue is called polyvinyl acetate.

Try this:

How does the texture of the slime change when you add less borax? More borax? Less glue? More water?

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Museum of Science+Industry
5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637
1 (773) 684-1414
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