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Science Investigations that all students should do Before High School, #8: Dancing Raisins

#8: Dancing Raisins
This is a good one to do right after the Mentos and Coke reaction because the same principle applies to both and is easiest to explain using this demonstration.
Fill a glass with a clear, carbonated beverage. Drop 4 or 5 raisins in the glass. Watch the dancing raisins. Why do they dance?
Since the surface of the raisins is rough, tiny bubbles of carbon dioxide gas are attracted to it, causing it to be carried upward by the more dense fluid surrounding it. Once the raisins reach the top, the bubbles pop upon exposure to the air. This makes the raisins more dense, causing them to sink.



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3 comments:

  1. I have been lagging on Science with James- I am going to use some of these ideas!! :)

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  2. Ooh, I haven't seen this one before. We'll have to try it.

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  3. I love the dancing raisins experiment, It's so much fun.

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