Academic journal article Science Scope

Try This Tops Idea!

Academic journal article Science Scope

Try This Tops Idea!

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cabbage chemistry ... adapted from ANALYSIS # 10

by TOPS Learning Systems

1. Boil red cabbage leaves in a little water, and save the blue water in a labeled dropper bottle.

2. Place 5-drop puddles of cabbage water on waxed paper; set on white paper. Mix a small pinch of a different powder sample into each puddle.

3. How does your cabbage-water indicator change color in the presence of an acid, base, or neutral solution?

4. Test whether these substances are acid, neutral, or base: baking soda, alum, vinegar, garden lime, sugar, lemon juice, corn starch, ammonia ...

BONUS: BEET JUICE is alao an indicator. Try it!

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To investigate the properties of cabbage water as an acid-base indicator.


Steps 3-4. Some degree of color blindness challenges some boys, so be sure each lab group includes at least one "color expert."


3. The cabbage water color is: Pink-purple in the presence of an acid. Green-yellow in the presence of a base. Blue in the presence of a neutral solution.

4. Bases: baking soda, garden lime, ammonia Neutrat Solutions: sugar, corn starch Acids: alum, vinegar, lemon juice Bonus: Neutral to acidic beet juice remains red. …

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