MS-PS1-3: Synthetic Materials

Gather and make sense of information to describe that synthetic materials come from natural resources and impact society. (Structure and Function)

Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on natural resources that undergo a chemical process to form the syntheic material. Examples of new materials could include new medicine, foods, and alternative fuels.

Assessment Boundary: Assessment is limited to qualitative information.


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Synthetic materials (e.g. medicine, foods, alternative fuels)
Natural resources
Chemical processes (e.g. burning limestone produces cement)
Societal needs (e.g. concrete for construction)
Structure and Function


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