By Alex, 11/15/2018

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Baking powder & baking soda

Experiments | Chemistry | Baking powder & baking soda
Baking powder & baking soda

About this science experiment

In this experiment we're going to find out the difference between baking powder and baking soda, two common ingredients in cakes, cookies, and other yummy foods. To figure it out, we're going to do something called an unknown test, which is used tell two substances or mixtures apart based on their chemical differences.

It works like this: say we accidentally mix up a bowl of salt and a bowl of sugar, two substances that look nearly identical. In the kitchen, we can easily tell the two apart. How? We just taste a tiny bit. In the lab, however, we never want to taste our materials unless we know it's completely safe (plus, they might taste bad!). Because we can't use sight or taste, we have to test the chemical properties of each substance to tell them apart.


Materials

  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • 2 containers
  • A teaspoon
  • Distilled vinegar
  • Water

Procedure

  1. Using the teaspoon, place a spoonful of baking powder into one container and a spoonful of baking soda into the other.


  2. Close your eyes and and ask a labmate to shuffle the two containers until you don't know which contains baking soda and which contains baking powder.


  3. Pour a small amount of water into each container so that a paste forms.


  4. Wait a few seconds and observe each container carefully. Are they reacting the same or differently?


  5. Now, repeat step 3 with a small amount of vinegar instead of water.


  6. Repeat step 4. Do you know which container is which?


Analysis and Conclusion

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