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Abstract Volume 7 Issue 1 (2002) pp 37-39

Household Products Used To Collapse Closed Containers and Demonstrate Avogadro’s Law

Shui-Ping Yang

Department of Chemistry, National Changhua University of Education, Changhua 50058, Taiwan
Received July 12, 2001. Accepted August 29, 2001

Published online: 1 February 2002

Abstract. Three new experiments using cost-effective household products are used to explain the concepts of Avogadro’s law, stoichiometry, and thermodynamic properties in introductory and university level chemistry courses. These experiments are designed to grab the students’ attention by presenting some surprising effects. The methods of producing carbon dioxide and the effect of crushing containers are very different from those in the literature. These demonstrations have two advantages. First, carbon dioxide is generated in the original containers, and second, the element of surprise stimulates the students’ interest to learn more about chemistry.

Key Words:  Laboratories and Demonstrations; general chemistry; zeolites; material science; complexometric titrations

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Photographs of the demonstrations (631 KB) 10.1333/s00897020528b.

Issue date: February 1, 2002

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