Lesson Plan: Nanoparticles Chemistry

This lesson plan includes the objectives and prerequisites of the lesson teaching students how to identify nanoparticles, describing their properties and uses.


Students will be able to

  • compare dimensions of 1–100 nm to atoms, molecules, particles, and everyday objects in order to appreciate the relative size of nanoparticles,
  • transfer mathematics skills to express nanoparticle sizes using scientific notation and calculate volumes and ratios,
  • use calculations to analyze the effect size has on the surface area to volume ratio of particles,
  • link properties of nanoparticles to their uses in order to understand the importance of nanotechnology in society,
  • list uses of nanoparticles and the associated potential risks.


Students should already be familiar with

  • calculating the volume and surface area of simple three-dimensional shapes.

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