P757: Hydrogen-powered soda bottle rockets

Author: Steven G. Sogo, Laguna Beach High School, USA

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Date: 8/6/14

Time: 11:50 AM12:10 AM

Room: MAK B1114

Related Symposium: S58

This presentation will demonstrate a laboratory project that incorporates many AP-level topics in a single, exciting application. Students initially apply gas laws, stoichiometric calculations, and catalysis to load soda-bottles with a stoichiometric mixture of hydrogen and oxygen gases. Students then apply thermodynamics concepts during the ignition of these rockets, which can be performed safely from a distance of 50 or more feet using electronic igniters made from aluminum foil. This is a capstone AP Chemistry lab that provides a lot of bang for the buck!