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Testing Vitamin C: Chemistry's Clear Solution


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Testing Vitamin C: Chemistry's Clear Solution

In this activity on page 8 of the PDF, learners investigate vitamin C. Learners conduct a chemistry experiment to determine if Tang drink mix or orange juice contains more vitamin C. Use this activity to demonstrate how substances change color when they are mixed together. Safety notes: Do not drink any solutions or taste the vitamin C tablet! Follow the other safety notes on page 8, as well as Milli's safety tips on page 4.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • 4 starch pellets (biodegradable starch "packing peanuts" available at mailing supply stores)
  • Water
  • Coffee filter
  • Tang breakfast drink (or your favorite vitamin C-fortified drink)
  • 1 Vitamin C tablet
  • Tincture of iodine solution or Betadine
  • Plastic cups (two 8-oz and six 3-oz)
  • Set of measuring spoons
  • Dropper
  • Orange juice (not fortified)
  • Measuring cup (1/2 cup)
  • Marker pen
  • Safety goggles

Subjects


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Body
      • Health and Nutrition
  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
      • Chemical Reactions
      • Acids and Bases
      • Solutions
    • Light and Optics
      • Sunlight and Color
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results

Informal Categories


  • Food and Cooking

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • Department of Volunteer Support, American Chemical Society

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, American Chemical Society, ©2011

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