Production of Carbon Dioxide

Source Institutions

Source Institutions

Add to list Go to activity
In this chemistry activity, learners use common chemicals to produce carbon dioxide and observe its properties. This resource includes brief questions for learners to answer after the experiment. Use this activity to introduce learners to carbon dioxide and its use as a fire extinguisher. Note: this activity involves an open flame.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 11 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity


Materials List (per group of students)

  • sodium hydrogencarbonate or baking soda (3 g)
  • acetic acid 0.80 M or vinegar
  • 125 mL Erlenmeyer or small jar
  • wood splints or toothpicks
  • Beral pipets or droppers
  • candle and matches


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Fire Protection Engineering
  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
      • Chemical Reactions
    • States of Matter
      • Gases
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
      • Elements and Periodic Table
      • Volume and Density
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Formulating Explanations


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access with registration