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Imploding Pop Can


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    Colorado State University

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Imploding Pop Can

In this dramatic activity/demonstration about phase change and condensation, learners place an aluminum can filled with about two tablespoons of water on a stove burner. When steam begins to exit the opening of the can, learners will turn off the stove, pick up the can with an oven mitt and immediately place the can in a bowl of cold water. To everyone's surprise, the can will implode! Note: this activity requires adult supervision.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
free

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Demonstration

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • One aluminum can
  • One oven mitt or other hand protection
  • Some tap water
  • A stovetop burner (electric or gas is OK)
  • One bowl of cold water. The bowl must be able to hold at least 20 ounces of water. Try using a sauce pan that holds a few quarts of water.

Subjects


  • Physical Sciences
    • Heat and Thermodynamics
      • Heat and Temperature
      • Thermodynamics and Entropy
    • States of Matter
      • Liquids
      • Gases
      • Changes of Phase
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

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