The Energy Stored in a Gummy Bear

Sid's Thoughts on Science

Yesterday, we performed an experiment with a gummy bear to test how much energy is stored within it. First, we placed potassium chlorate, the most commonly used chlorate in industrial use, into a test tube. Using a torch, we heated the potassium chlorate until it turned into a liquid. After this, we placed the gummy bear inside the test tube. There were hissing sounds and lights as carbon dioxide escaped the test tube into the air.

Below is a video that shows what exactly occured:

The energy stored in a gummy bear.

This experiment demonstrated the significant amount of energy a gummy bear has because of the large amount of sugar present in it.

Sid

Sources:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txkRCIPSsjM

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