Four Science Secrets About Money

Strange fact—most dollar bills have a trace of cocaine! Chemists can tell us many interesting facts about money. Science makes counterfeiting an almost impossible process. An installment of the ACS Reaction series explains these scientific connections. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • While watching the video, have pupils record 10 interesting chemistry facts about money
  • Record scientific vocabulary on the board when the video mentions them; use the words to lead a class discussion
Classroom Considerations

  • Consider monitoring the YouTube comments if making the video available for independent viewing
Pros

  • Uses a real-life example familiar to all 
  • An interesting presentation holds viewers' attention
Cons

  • None