Questions tagged [home-experiment]

For questions about a small-scale experiment which can be undertaken with reagents readily available around the house, while observing standard laboratory safety principles and practices. Do not confuse this tag with [everyday-chemistry] or [food-chemistry].

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Black Smoke Produced from Regular Lighter but Not Torch Lighter Applied to Copper

I have a piece of copper mesh from which I would like to remove all coatings/oils. The copper comes from a pot scrubber like this. In order to remove any residue, I held a standard bic lighter up to ...
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Which is a dye: Ferric Acetate or Ferrous Acetate?

I’ve been trying to make Iron Acetate to dye leather and I cannot, for the life of me, figure this out experimentally. I’ve been allowing steel wool to react with pure white vinegar in a sealed glass ...
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How to measure saturated salinity and mineral levels for flaked sea salt?

I am a sea salt enthusiast looking to make the perfect flakey sea salt. I start with sea water and boil it down to a thick brine. Then with less heat I reduce the brine more slowly and inverted salt ...
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Does it make sense to have a control group for a school chemistry experiment?

I'm wondering if it makes sense to have a control group for the following experiment: measure the speed of gas produced when hydrochloric acid and calcium carbonate react, as a function of surface ...
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How to estimate hydrogen peroxide concentration in an easy way?

I have bought 20 Liter of Hydrogen Peroxide about 2 years ago which I was told that it was pure at that time. I'm aware of instability of H2O2, which easily decomposes into water and hydrogen. The ...
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Looking for an old (1950s) “chemical experiments” book

Not sure if this is precisely on-topic, but I'll risk some reputation and give it a try. I got a chemistry set as a kid in the early 1970s, and the subject really captured my interest. I grabbed ...
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Possible methods for copper (II) reduction to copper (I)

How can I make $\ce{Cu2O}$ from copper? I am seeing if electrolysis is a good route (in the context of kitchen style chemistry) to cuprous oxide, instead of the traditional heating copper and ...
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How to store small amounts of gas

I need to store small amounts of gas. I already saw devices that look similar to the image below, but I don't know how they are called. Does someone here know how these devices are called? I am also ...
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Distinguishing between potassium chloride and sodium chloride

I have these very large blocks of salt intended for a water softener in my house, but I'm not sure if they're potassium chloride or sodium chloride, according to what I've read they're both widely ...
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Does solute concentration vary significantly with depth?

If I dissolve glucose in an ordinary beaker filled with water, are the concentrations of glucose at the top and bottom significantly different? What if we use NaCl as the solute? Is there a molecule ...
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How can I purify Ferric or Ferrous acetate with a very basic lab?

I’ve been trying to make Ferric acetate by mixing vinegar with steel wool and allowing it to react. The result is successful in dying leather or wood black and acting as a mordant. Theoretically there ...
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How can I dissolve a precipitate when stuck to the side of a boiling flask

I’ve been experimenting with producing Iron Acetates and I’ve run into a snag. Here’s my process so far: I started by adding white vinegar and ~50% Hydrogen Peroxide to a reaction vessel with steel ...
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Properties of starch in packaged pudding

I had a mug of packaged pudding. The top layer of the pudding was of typical pudding consistency, while the bottom was more runny. What could have caused this?
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does stirring honey make it less viscous? [closed]

After making some research, I found that crystallized honey does get less viscous as we stir it, so is it the same thing with pure honey or not? and also if not could we use the Zahn cup experiment to ...
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Ripening of bananas?

So, obviously the ripening of bananas involves changing it’s chemical composition. For example, ripe bananas have a much higher amount of sugar. It is also known that reaction rates are generally ...
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Lead(II) oxide CRT monitor extraction

I have a large CRT monitor that, by the weight of the monitor, I estimate to contain over two pounds of lead. I want to know if the lead oxide is a mixture with the glass, or if it is chemically ...
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how much baking soda and vinegar will you need to fully fill a ziplock bag up without popping it? [closed]

EXACTLY how much baking soda and vinegar will you need to FULLY fill a ziplock bag up without popping it or it being deflated? I am really confused. That is all our teacher told us and he said that ...
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Why does bleach feel slippery?

My high-school chemistry teacher taught us the mantra "bases are slippery-soapy-slimy!" This question and this answer in Quora say this is due to saponification - conversion of lipids from the top ...
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Cooking IN CO2 gas? [closed]

Quick theoretical question: What if I replaced water with dry ice in my pressure cooker? Assuming I used a calculated amount to prevent an explosion... Would It be able to cook? Would it dehydrate ...
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Copper acetate synthesis without hydrogen peroxide

Usually, when people synthesize copper acetate, they use a mixture of acetic acid and hydrogen peroxide. I assume this is because the acetic acid actually reacts with the various oxides on the copper, ...
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Products of silicate synthesis

I'm attempting to make a hard refractory cement to apply over kiln brick made of sodium silicate and Perlite. This creates a very good kiln brick, however they are susceptible to abrasion. I've been ...
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Nitrocellulose (flash paper) synthesis without Sulfuric Acid?

According to the Wikipedia page on Nitrocellulose: The process uses nitric acid to convert cellulose into cellulose nitrate and water: $$\ce{3HNO3 + C6H10O5 ->[H2SO4] C6H7(NO2)3O5 + 3H2O}$$ ...
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Adding an essential oil to WHO Handrub Formulation [closed]

I'm not a chemist, so I prefer to ask this question to some people, who definitely have knowledge in that area. WHO Handrub Formulation is available here. Ingridients: Ethanol 96%, Hydrogen peroxide ...
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Why does Sodium Bicarb. Reduce Combustion Rate? [closed]

In many common solid-propellant model rocket engines, Sodium Bicarbonate, $\ce{NaHCO3}$, is used to predictably regulate/limit the rate of combustion of the fuel. My questions are as follows: What is ...
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Is there a way to create natural Red food coloring from Turmeric in the house kitchen?

As a non chemist I have read in the Wikipedia article Curcumin that: Curcumin becomes bright red when it interacts electrostatically with phospholipid film. This text appeared without source ...
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Can I use an acid other than sulfuric for hydrogen peroxide determination?

I would like to perform a permanganometric titration of hydrogen peroxide at home following a procedure similar to http://www.titrations.info/permanganate-titration-hydrogen-peroxide, i.e. the ...
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How can you build a model of tetrahedral coordination from objects found at home?

Our college is switching to teaching online mid-semester in hopes of slowing the spread of Covid-19. All the molecular model kits are still on campus. How could you build a model of tetrahedral ...
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Copper (II) Acetate from 5% vinegar + salt, electrochemically

I'm trying to create Copper (II) Acetate crystals, but in these times of Coronavirus it's difficult to come by hydrogen peroxide. I could be patient, but I'm not, so I'm trying to make it ...
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How can I get a hand sanitizer solution to form a gel?

I am trying to formulate a gel hand sanitizer for a thesis project. The sanitizer that I have right now is watery and will not gel. My teacher told me to change our formulation because it is not good....
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Is there a simple field test for heavy water?

Thought experiment Given two glasses of water, how would one detect which glass contains heavy water, and which contains potable water without using complicated laboratory equipment? Something like ...
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Is it appropriate to call this material a hybrid composite? [closed]

The material I've synthesised is made up of two primary parts at a 1:1 ratio: Part 1: agar, glycerol, water. Part 2: polyurethane resin. The agar mixture on its own was too soft, so I added the ...
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Nano coatings reaction with Al bottles

I have a question regarding nano coatings based on the formula "modified $\ce{SiO2}$". I have been told that $\ce{Al}$ bottles react with substances with a $\mathrm{pH}$ value below 3 or above 9. ...
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How do erasable pens work?

I understand the principle behind an eraseable pencil. Graphite is highly slippery, you rub it onto the paper, and an eraser can rub it off again. I've had friends at school with 'eraseable ink pens'...
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How does potassium nitrate work as an oxidiser?

Potassium nitrate is very popular compound in pyrotechnics, used as an oxidiser. It can be mixed with sugar to make a "rocket candy", with coal and sulphur to form black powder. You can stick it on ...
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Solar still and how it works

I use a solar still that holds 182 cubic feet of water. Here is how it works: There is an insulator on both sides of the metal bowl. On the outside it covers the whole thing. on the inside it covers ...
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Reacting sodium metal with aqueous sodium hydroxide, what would happen?

I know sodium metal, when reacted with water, produces flammable hydrogen gas but I was wondering if that would also be the case if I had aqueous 1M sodium hydroxide? Would this reaction be safe or ...
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Most efficient way to purify household vinegar: distillation or freezing?

I am aware that there are better ways to purify acetic acid out of a water-acid mixture than these, but which one out of distillation (using heat) and fractional freezing (using cold) would gain a ...
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electrochemistry experiment

something strange. i made an electrochemistry experiment in which i have measured the potential of cell: Ag, AgCl | (1M)KCl ║ [Fe(CN)6] 3-, [Fe(CN)6] 4- | Pt with different concentrations of Fe+2/Fe+...
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How to disperse and disolve acrylate copoylmer?

I've made many attempts to dissolve my acryalte copolymer into water, i've tried both hot and cold, stirred and used a grinder to dissolve it but it doesn't. Anyone who can help?
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membrane for a reverse osmosis desalination experiment

We are second year cram schoolers , we are currently working on a project tackling water desalination by reverse osmosis and are required to do an experience. During the process, we encountered some ...
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How to test for methane gas purity?

I use methane gas for cooking and there are times in which, despite burners being clean, the flame doesn't burn that well and/or is quite red. I suspect that said gas actually has some air added in, ...
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Why are dendrites formed during dilute CuSO4 electrolysis black?

During the weekend, I wanted to conduct a kid's experiment - the copper dendrite formation. I was (partially) successful and now I would like to know what went wrong. The procedure was taken from the ...
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Producing hydrogen sulfide at home - how dangerous is it? [closed]

When I was a kid, I used to go to the pharmacy to buy sulfur and iron powder, then mix it together and heat it until it starts to react into iron sulfide. Put a chunk of iron sulfide into some vinegar,...
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Is sodium percarbonate the safest and by weight the most efficient oxygen generator? [closed]

I have been reading about $\ce{Mn}$-catalyzed reaction of sodium percarbonate and water to produce gaseous oxygen in medical emergency situations. This seems safe due to its reagents and products, ...
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Sulfuric acid from elemental sulfur and hydrogen peroxide

Will this reaction proceed under standard conditions? I don't really care if it is quite slow, as long as it takes less than a month to finish: $$\ce{S8(s) + 24 H2O2(aq) -> 8 H2SO4(aq) + 16 H2O(l)}...
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Decomposition products of sodium acetate

I heated some sodium acetate to a high temperature (about 500 degrees celsius). Upon doing so, I could smell an irritating smell reminiscent of vinegar. I stopped then, assuming they were acetic acid ...
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Is it safe to store muriatic acid, hydrogen peroxide and acetone?

I am recently getting into PCB etching. So I use 10 M HCL solution, 3% hydrogen peroxide mixed in 1:1 ratio for my etchent. Currently, I am storing my HCL and hydrogen peroxide in my shed which can ...
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What gas is evolved when using vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and salt to etch copper, and why?

The question of how vinegar + hydrogen peroxide + table salt can be used to etch copper has been asked before (Full equation when using vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and salt to etch copper). However, ...
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Is aluminium foil pure aluminium? [closed]

Is aluminium foil pure aluminium? Or does it have other elements in the e.g: tin (Sn) or lead (Pb)? Because when I try to oxidize it through the process of submerging it in water, it doesn't look like ...
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Colored Flames Experiment

I am going to be doing a gender reveal for my sister's pregnancy. To do this, we wanted to light a huge fire pit and throw in a chemical to change the fire into the color (red/pink for girl, blue/...

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