Days 1-2 (Energy from Gas Production)

Day 1

Instructions (Part I): Carefully view the below video showing the chemical reaction between an Alka-Seltzer tablet and water in a film canister.

Instructions (Part II): Keeping the above video in mind, imagine a method for determining the combination of water and Alka-Seltzer that will yield the biggest explosion.  Reflect on this challenge and clearly outline your procedure, including data collection methods, on a sheet of paper. 

Instructions (Part III): Carefully open your Alka-Seltzer tablets, fill a cup with water, and set out your film canisters. In preparation for explosion, create an open/safe space that can be easily cleaned up. 

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Day 2

Instructions (Part I): Carefully view the below video. 

Instructions (Part II): Using your materials, recreate a version of the experiment shown in the video above. 

Instructions (Part III): In the above activity you created a carbon dioxide “fire extinguisher” via the reaction between baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) and vinegar (acetic acid). Carefully view the below video to learn about another application of the same reaction.

Instructions (Part IV): Use your materials to recreate your own version of the above video. Record and upload video of your rocket action  Type your first name in the “Subject” area. A QR code is provided below for ease of upload.

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