Science with Samantha

Science With Samantha: October 7

NBC 5 Meteorologist Samantha Davies is making raisins dance in this fun experiment

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Materials: Glass, carbonated clear soda/ water, raisins or dried cranberries 

Directions: Fill the glass with soda. Drop raisins in. Give it a few minutes and the raisins will start to dance!

The Science: When you first drop the raisins in the soda, they sink to the bottom of the glass because they are denser than the soda. But the carbonated soda releases carbon dioxide bubbles and these bubbles love to attach to the rough surface of the raisins. They act like tiny floatation devices that lift the raisin to the surface of the water. This is due to an increase in buoyancy.

Once the carbon dioxide bubbles reach the surface of the soda, they pop and the gas is released into the air. This makes the raisin lose buoyancy and fall back down to the bottom of the glass.

This continues until all of the carbon dioxide has escaped and the soda is flat.

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