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The Bursting Water Pipe—Demonstration Kit

By: The Flinn Staff

Item #: AP6283

Price: $37.85

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In the Bursting Water Pipe Demonstration Kit for physical science and physics, vividly demonstrate what happens to water when it freezes. It expands with enough force to crack a cast iron pipe.

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Iron is stronger than ice, right? Not on a cold winter’s day. Vividly demonstrate what happens to water when it freezes—it expands with enough force to crack a cast iron pipe! Immerse a completely water-filled cast iron pipe into a dry ice/ethyl alcohol bath. Allow it to cool for several minutes. When the water freezes to a solid inside the pipe—BANG!—the iron pipe cracks to reveal the solid ice. Includes Teacher Demonstration Notes and enough materials to perform the demonstration twice.

Concepts: Expansion of water as it freezes, ruptured water pipes, phase diagrams.
Time Required: 20 minutes
Note: Dry ice and 95% ethyl alcohol not included.


Materials Included in Kit: 
Elbow pipe, black, 1½", 2
End cap plug, 1½", 2

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Constructing explanations and designing solutions
Developing and using models
Using mathematics and computational thinking

Disciplinary Core Ideas

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

Crosscutting Concepts

Systems and system models
Stability and change

Performance Expectations

MS-PS1-1. Develop models to describe the atomic composition of simple molecules and extended structures.
MS-PS1-4. Develop a model that predicts and describes changes in particle motion, temperature, and state of a pure substance when thermal energy is added or removed.