Friday, July 19, 2013

Carbon Dioxide Red Balloon!

Today we had our good friend come over to our house.  She used to watch Monkey J back when I was still working part-time and they have a very special bond to this day!  She came over with some fun science experiments and one was perfect for red week since Monkey J chose a red balloon!  

You will need:

-Baking Soda
-An empty water or soda bottle

Pour some vinegar into the empty water bottle and then funnel some baking soda into a deflated balloon:

Place the opening of the balloon completely covering the water bottle and slowly lift the balloon allowing the baking soda to mix with the vinegar:

Which in turn causes the chemical reaction between baking soda and vinegar to occur which yields Carbon Dioxide:

It is really neat to explain to the differences between solid, liquid, and gas.  Thank you Lauren for such a fun science experiment!

For those interested (I sure was!) here's the chemical reaction:

NaHCO3 (aq) + CH3COOH (aq) ----> CO2 (g) + H2O (l) + CH3COONa (aq)

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