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The Chef Chemical Demonstration Kit is an exciting way to liven up your lesson plan on thermodynamics. Students use an egg and “specially formulated” Flinn calcium oxide to illustrate an exothermic reaction.

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Liven up your lesson plan on thermodynamics with this entertaining display of culinary wizardry. In an aluminum pan, add water to the “specially formulated” Flinn calcium oxide, and stir. Crack open an egg and pour it in the second pan. Place it over the solution and presto, now you’re cooking! Your fried egg will be ready in no time. An ideal introduction to exothermic reactions and heats of solution. Must be performed on a heat-resistant surface.

Concepts: Exothermic reactions, heats of reaction.
Time Required: 20 minutes


Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Using mathematics and computational thinking

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS3.B: Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer
MS-PS3.A: Definitions of Energy
MS-PS1.B: Chemical Reactions
HS-PS3.B: Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer
HS-PS3.D: Energy in Chemical Processes

Crosscutting Concepts

Energy and matter

Performance Expectations

MS-PS2-5: Conduct an investigation and evaluate the experimental design to provide evidence that fields exist between objects exerting forces on each other even though the objects are not in contact
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.