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Transcript of Whoosh Bottle
The internal combustion engine can be closely related to the whoosh bottle experiment. The gasoline mixed with oxygen in the air reaches the required activation energy with the help of a spark. And this reaction releases energy in order to power the vehicle. In our experiment, the rubbing alcohol takes the place of the gasoline (both flammable liquids) and the energy released is illustrates by the flame the forms within and shoots out of the bottle.
Our experiment can also be connected to food delicacies such as baked alaska which are lit on fire when they are served. But all that this relates to is the flammability of alcohol since alcohol is poured on the food in order for it to ignite.
The “whoosh bottle” experiment is a combustion reaction between oxygen and rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol) which produces carbon dioxide and water vapor. After creating the mixture of rubbing alcohol and oxygen in the bottle, the lighter that is held up near the mouth of the bottle provides the activation energy required for the reaction to take place. Because of the rapid burning and small neck of the bottle, the “whoosh” sound can be heard.
By Stryker Moore, Luke Morin, Claire Matovich, and Marie Minteer
Mixture of reactants in a container
(Required activation energy)