The Chemistry of Sports and Energy Drinks

Description

Many people think that energy drinks and sports drinks are the same thing but in fact they work in very different ways. This resource looks at how caffeine affects the body and chemistry behind respiration. The resource includes discussion ideas for the classroom and questions for 16+ students.

Type of Activity

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group, independent

Audience

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TeacherStudent

Age Group

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16 to Undergraduate
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Many people think that energy drinks and sport drinks are the same but in fact they work in very different ways. This information sheet will provide further background infromation for junior teachers or non-specialists or they could be used with post-16 students as the basis for a discussion. It looks at how caffeine affects the body whilst the sports drink focus' on respiration. Learn about all the different chemical ingredients in an energy drink and learn about their chemical structures.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Find more Chemistry in the Olympics resources at www.rsc.org/sport.