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Extracting Bismuth from Pepto Bismol!

So today I extracted bismuth from pepto bismol with the chemistry teacher and my partner for a project.  I have pictures explaining each step.  Enjoy!

So I went out and bought 180 pepto bismol pills (obviously not all of them are shown here).

Then we put them in a mortar…

…and ground them with a pestle:

When we were done grinding them we had a beautiful beaker of powdered Pepto Bismol.

Then we got to the fun part.

We dissolved the powder in a solution of six parts water and one part muriatic acid (also known as hydrochloric acid (HCl)).  While we were trying to dissolve it we got this (Ignore the NaOH it was on the flask originally and has nothing to do with this project):

You can see that we got a lot of foam. It even overflowed and we had to put it into separate flasks so we wouldn’t lose our work.  I found this to be hilarious.

I know the flask only shows a little bit of overflow but there was a lot more after! The end result of the dissolved pills was a foggy white solution with foam still present but the powder was dissolved.  Then we filtered it.

This type of filter was not sufficient enough so we switched to a coffee filter which was faster but it was still filtering slowly.  While the solution was being filtered the chemistry teacher was curious and wanted to know if the next step worked so he took some of the filtrate and put the aluminum foil in and it worked!

The black stuff that you see is the bismuth powder which formed as a result of the reaction between the aluminum and the filtrate! We filtered that too but it is not done yet but it probably will be done by tomorrow.  I will post an update if I can.  I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed doing this experiment!

Scientific experiment

Hypothesis: spinning fast on the spinning chair is fun 

  Protocol : acquire one (1) spinning chair and one (1) test subject. 

Place test subject on chair. 

Spin left or right. 

  Observations: Spinning left or right has the same effect. 

Spinning low is not fun but distracting. 

Spinning fast is fun. Spinning for too long makes test subject sick. 

Spinning too fast and too long while writing this post on Tumblr makes test subject very sick but is fun. 

  Conclusion: the spinning chair is an excellent way to dodge all the late essays test subject is supposed to have finished by tomorrow. 

  This has been a scientific experiment.

Science is fun!

Simon is performing an experiment to see if happiness is contagious.

His happiness dispersal technique consists of having me post a photo of one of his more epic binkies captured during playtime.  He considers a smile/grin, a laugh/chuckle/happy noise or warm and fuzzy feelings to be a positive result. So far, with a sample size of 2, his research looks promising!

we had a no uniform day 

i spent the whole day keeping tally of people wearing tracksuits 

my total is 96 people

at least 96 people wore a full tracksuit set at school today

mind you i was out of class for only an hour in total (lunch break + inbetween classes) 

i spotted 96 people wearing tracksuits in a little over 1 hour

Sherlock’s experience

And after who is cleaning ??? :)

John : “Sherlock, I’ll kill you ! Your experience colored my last new shirt !!!”

Sherlock : “Do you mean the ugly one ?”

John : “…*sigh*“

I hope you’ll like it :)

See you soon !

Fun Science Experiments

I remember when I was a child I had a book of fun science experiments. There were some experiments that I wanted to do and others that I did do. So, I feel like sharing some of them because everyone should do them some point in their lives. Be it they do it with friends, with their kids, siblings or whatnot. It’s fun and it’ll help to add to the good memories we already have.

1. Diet Coke and Mentos Eruption - One of the most popular experiments of modern times is the Diet Coke and Mentos Geyser. Made popular by Steve Spangler, this experiment is a lot of fun and sure to amaze your friends and family (assuming you do it outside rather than in the living room).

2. Invisible Ink with Lemon Juice - Making invisible ink is a lot of fun, you can pretend you are a secret agent as you keep all your secret codes and messages hidden from others. All you need is some basic household objects and the hidden power of lemon juice.

3. Make Your Own Rock Candy - Also known as Sugar Crystals and it’s my favorite experiment to do because it’s easy and tasty. They are made by crystallizing sugar and making it yourself means that you can make as many as you want, with any color and flavor you want.

4. Glow in the Dark - It’s always fun to make and see things glow in the dark. There’s actually a lot of experiments that deal with this, from making drinks that glow, glowing water, fake neon sign, glow in the dark alum crystals, glow in the dark crystal snowflakes, glow in the dark ink, glowing slime, glowing bubbles, glowing flower, and so on. 

5. Change the Color of a Flower - This is a very simple experiment and only requires a few things to make it possible. Water, food coloring, a cup (or vase) and a flower. It’s always fun to see a flower change into a different color that’s uncommon for it’s kind. Such as blue or purple roses, aqua magnolias, green carnations, etc.