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Food Dye Chromatography—Student Laboratory Kit

By: The Flinn Staff

Item #: AP7394

Price: $49.90

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In the Food Dye Chromatography Chemistry Laboratory Kit, students find the composition of an unknown solution using paper chromatography and the seven referenced FD&C food dyes to learn about polarity, food chemistry and chromatography.

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Food dyes have been used extensively for more than 100 years. Would you eat maraschino cherries if they were their natural color of beige instead of red? Explore the properties of the seven Food, Drug and Cosmetic (FDC) artificial food dyes with this chromatography activity. Students determine the composition of an unknown solution utilizing paper chromatography and the seven referenced FDC food dyes to learn more about polarity, food chemistry and chromatography. Includes reproducible student handouts, detailed background information, complete Teacher Notes with sample data and answers to all questions and all necessary chemicals and consumable supplies.

Complete for 30 students working in pairs. Includes Flinn Exclusive STEM Integration Guide.


Materials Included in Kit: 
FD&C food dye, blue 1, 2 g
FD&C food dye, blue 2, 2 g
FD&C food dye, green 3, 1 g
FD&C food dye, red 3, 1 g
FD&C food dye, red 40, 2 g
FD&C food dye, yellow 5, 2 g
FD&C food dye, yellow 6, 2 g
Sodium chloride, lab grade, 2 g
Chromatography paper, sheet, 15
Toothpicks, wood, box/250

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Asking questions and defining problems
Developing and using models
Planning and carrying out investigations
Analyzing and interpreting data
Engaging in argument from evidence

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
HS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter

Crosscutting Concepts

Cause and effect
Scale, proportion, and quantity
Structure and function

Performance Expectations

HS-PS1-3: Plan and conduct an investigation to gather evidence to compare the structure of substances at the bulk scale to infer the strength of electrical forces between particles.
HS-PS1-2: Construct and revise an explanation for the outcome of a simple chemical reaction based on the outermost electron states of atoms, trends in the periodic table, and knowledge of the patterns of chemical properties.
HS-PS3-5: Develop and use a model of two objects interacting through electric or magnetic fields to illustrate the forces between objects and the changes in energy of the objects due to the interaction.
MS-PS1-3: Gather and make sense of information to describe that synthetic materials come from natural resources and impact society.
MS-PS2-3: Ask questions about data to determine the factors that affect the strength of electric and magnetic forces
MS-ETS1-1: Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.