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  • In this activity, students explore a range of common household substances to determine if they have the properties of a solid, a liquid or both.

    By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

    • conduct a series of tests to identify the properties of solids and liquids
    • record observations in a table
    • use these results to classify each test substance as a Newtonian fluid or a non-Newtonian fluid.

    Download the Word file for:

    • introduction/background notes
    • what you need
    • what to do
    • discussion questions
    • extension ideas
    • classifying liquids.

    Nature of science

    Scientists gain understanding by systematically observing and describing things. From these observations, they look for patterns and use these to make explanations.

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