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Science fair projects : chemistry
Bonnet, Robert L.
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New York : Sterling Pub. Co., [2000]

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95 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
Presents projects and experiments covering chemical principles in sciences such as geology, electronics, environmental science, and health, with dozens of ideas for science fair chemistry projects.
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Includes index.
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QD38 .B55 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QD38 .B55 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area
QD38 .B55 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QD38 .B55 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QD38 .B55 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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How fizzy is soda pop after it's warmed up? What happens to a rubber band that's left outside? Which types of clothing keep you warmest, and why? Find out the answers and take top prize at the school science fair with these 47 hands-on and appealing "blue ribbon" chemistry experiments. Test chemical trickery in processed foods; the concept of pH; viscosity; carbonization; fermentation; evaporation; dilution; and lots more. A WINNING combination of learning and fun. Bob Bonnet lives in Clearmont, NJ, and Dan Keen lives in Cape May Court House, NJ. 96 pages, 120 b/w illus., 8 1/4 x 11. NEW IN PAPERBACK

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-These 47 experiments include such standards as growing crystals, testing acids and bases, and separating liquids by density. While some of the activities are challenging, many are very simple, limiting their usefulness as science projects. For example, readers are instructed to use different sets of building toys to show how building pieces from the same "family" fit together, thus demonstrating how similar elements combine in the periodic table. Others may not be appropriate for a school fair, such as the one in which students are asked to hypothesize which of two bottles of soda (one put in a sunny window for an hour, the other put in the freezer for an hour) will give off more carbon dioxide gas when opened. Each project is accompanied by at least one simple black-and-white line drawing. Janice VanCleave's Chemistry for Every Kid (Wiley, 1989) contains more experiments and has a more appealing layout, and Robert Gardner's Science Projects about Chemistry (Enslow, 1994) includes more detailed explanations and experiments.-Maren Ostergard, Bellevue Regional Library, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 5
1 Under Pressure: How handling affects substancesp. 7
2 Lemony Lineup: Real lemon or fake food flavoring?p. 8
3 Nothing to Sniff At: Smell and the secret of "wafting"p. 10
4 It's Litmus!: Making pH (acid/base) testing stripsp. 11
5 Acute Cuke: The chemical change called picklingp. 14
6 Bad Cow?: A non-taste test for sour milkp. 15
7 Less Is More: For greater concentration, evaporate!p. 16
8 Cooking pHacts: The effect of cooking on pHp. 17
9 Getting Ahead: Reaction between a base and an acidp. 18
10 We Salute Solution: Understanding basic chemical termsp. 19
11 Go, Old Mold!: Food additives keep bread good longerp. 20
12 Captured Carbon: The chemical reaction of burningp. 22
13 Tick Tock Tack: Testing the oxidation time of metalsp. 24
14 A Patch of White: Green plants and photosynthesisp. 25
15 Pop Goes the Soda: Reducing carbonation in soft drinksp. 26
16 How Electrifying!: Examining the conduction of substancesp. 28
17 We Deplore Pollution: Water dilutes, but pollution remainsp. 30
18 No Syrup: The concept of viscosityp. 32
19 Egg Head: Measuring endothermic reactions in eggsp. 34
20 One Candle Power: Understanding exothermic reactionp. 36
21 Fade Not: Natural dyes and sunlightp. 38
22 Sticky Goo!: Emulsion, the "chem-magical" cleanerp. 40
23 Worth the Wait: unripe fruit to sugary treatp. 42
24 Sweeter Sweet: Natural sugar or chemical substitutep. 44
25 Chemical Tears: Overcoming an onion's natural gasp. 46
26 Saucy Cleaner: A natural tarnish removerp. 47
27 The Yeast Beast: Fermentation proves yeast is alive!p. 48
28 Better Bubbles: Safe and natural monster-bubble solutionsp. 50
29 Onion Switch: Changing the taste of onions by cookingp. 52
30 Eaters' Digest: Dissolving foods with acidsp. 53
31 Left Behind: It's in your waterp. 54
32 Repeat, Threepeat: Exact data allows repeatable resultsp. 56
33 Paint by Sugars: Combining dyesp. 58
34 Colorful Disguise: Smell and taste: team playersp. 60
35 You've Changed!: Identifying chemical and physical changesp. 62
36 Scent in a Cube: Releasing fragrance with heatp. 64
37 Staying on Top: Reduce a soap's density...and it floats!p. 66
38 Basic Building Blocks: Getting to know the Periodic Tablep. 68
39 Stressed Out: The effects of weathering on elasticityp. 70
40 Heavy Gas, Man: Releasing trapped gas to extinguish flamep. 72
41 Have a Taste, Bud: Sugar sweetness a matter of chemistryp. 74
42 Settle Up: Oil and water don't mix...usuallyp. 76
43 Building Blocks: Growing natural crystal structuresp. 78
44 Cool Clothes: Testing for fabrics that "breathe"p. 80
45 Out of the Middle: Separating liquids by densityp. 82
46 Not Just Desserts: Testing taste with combined flavorsp. 84
47 Tricking the Brain: When a food's color is changedp. 86
Glossaryp. 88
Indexp. 93