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The density of carbon dioxide

Description

This experiment provides a clear demonstration of the higher density of carbon dioxide relative to air.

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This is an experiment from the Practical Chemistry project, developed by the Nuffield Foundation and the Royal Society of Chemistry.
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Apparatus Chemicals

Eye protection: safety spectacles, or goggles if handling dry ice

Thermal protection gloves and handling tongs (if using dry ice)

Beakers (100 cm3), 2

Conical flask (250 cm3), with cork or bung to fit

Wooden splints

Candles (short 1-2 cm pieces), 2 (Note 1)

Carbon dioxide cylinder with regulator (Note 2)
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Solid carbon dioxide (dry ice), a few small pieces (Note 3)

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Generating collecting and testing gases





The General Chemistry Demo Lab.


This experiment provides a clear demonstration of the higher density of carbon dioxide relative to air.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

This is a resource from the Practical Chemistry project, developed by the Nuffield Foundation and the Royal Society of Chemistry. This collection of over 200 practical activities demonstrates a wide range of chemical concepts and processes. Each activity contains comprehensive information for teachers and technicians, including full technical notes and step-by-step procedures. Practical Chemistry activities accompany Practical Physics and Practical Biology.