Dancing Raisins Experiment

Chief has always loved this experiment, and refers to it as his magic trick!

What you will need:
A clear glass or plastic beaker
Carbonated water
Half a dozen raisins

Method:
1. Fill the cup to around two thirds full with the water.
2. Add the raisins.
3. Watch them dance!


The science bit:
The raisins initially sink to the bottom of the glass as they are denser than water. The carbon dioxide in the water slowly attaches to the raisins to form bubbles around them. The carbon dioxide is lighter or less dense than the water, which in turn makes the raisinsΒ bouyantΒ so they rise to the top. Once there, the bubbles ‘pop’ or disperse and the raisins fall down again. This gives the appearance of the raisins β€˜dancing’ in the water.


To add interest to this experiment, try adding raisins with tap water to another beaker and observe the differences.

If you enjoyed this, please take a look at my play section for other fun activities to try 😊

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17th May 2017

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