Insulation Properties of Water

Purpose: Boiling point could be explained as the highest temperature something can reach until it is completely transformed into a gas. In this bi-week experiment, Scientific AmeriKen will explore boiling point properties in water. 

Hypothesis: Based on the relatively low boiling point temperature of water, the hypothesis of this experiment is that the water will absorb all the flame energy, and therefore keep objects from melting or burning when flame is applied.

Equipment: Used for this experiment was a paper bag, plastic water bottle, water and a butane lighter.

Procedure: The first step is to place an ample amount of water into the paper bag. Make sure to contort the bag as to minimize water loss. Then place the flame onto a portion of the bag where the water rest on it. Observe any changes, let burn for about 5 minutes, again not any observations and generalize water temperature change. Next burn a piece of the bag not touching any water and observe any changes. Repeat this process for the plastic water bottle. 

Object being tested
Observations occurring when no water touches
Observations when water is touching
Paper Bag Paper bag became ignited Paper bag blackened and the water became warmer.
Plastic water bottle Plastic became melted which caused a hole in the container Plastic became deformed, however, no hole was created, and the container still held water.

Conclusion: It was apparent that the water kept the paper from burning and even the plastic from separating, thus proving the hypothesis right. Though the concept of water keeping things from burning is not really a huge discovery, Scientific AmeriKen would like to take credit for it if no one else has already.

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