Is it possible to pour a gas? Set up the specially designed ramp with equally spaced candles. Add a clear liquid to the beaker, hold the beaker at the top of the ramp, and pour the invisible contents. One by one the candles are snuffed out! The beaker contains sodium bicarbonate. Add vinegar to the beaker and carbon dioxide is produced. Carbon dioxide is denser than air and therefore the carbon dioxide flows down the ramp, displacing the air above each candle and extinguishes the flame. A dramatic demo showing the fluid nature of gases. Teacher Demonstration Notes included. Enough materials are provided to perform the demonstration seven times.
Concepts: Buoyancy, gas density
Materials Provided: Sodium bicarbonate, vinegar, plastic ramp, and tea candles.
Additional ResourcesNo Additional Resources at the time.
Flinn Catalog/Reference Manual Page 364
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