Homeschool Science can be really fun. Did you know that different chemicals produce different colored flames?
This easy pine cone experiment shows you the different reactions caused by different chemicals (and tells you why!). By soaking pine cones in different solutions, and then burning them - you will see different colored flames. This would be a great Fall activity!
Ok! Each chemical element has electrons in different energy states around an atom. When heated, energy is absorbed causing the electron to become excited, but unstable. When the electron returns to its lower energy state (ie, as it cools at the top of the flame) the energy is released in the form of a photon(light). The energy of the photon determines the wavelength or color.
Ta Da!! That what comes of being married to an (ex) Physics Teacher!!
This experiment takes a bit of effort - but the pine cones are very pretty to burn afterwards.
If you would like to try another chemistry project, then how about learning how to smelt metals in a kiln.
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