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Unformatted text preview: University of Florida Chemistry Outreach Program Make a Thunderstorm Estimated Time: 15 mins. + 15 mins. clean-up Topics: Weather Introduction: Florida is the state of thunder, meaning there are more thunderstorms in this state than in any other. A thunderstorm forms when a body of warm air is forced to rise by an approaching cold front. A thunderstorm is therefore caused by unstable air and convection. Objective: The experiment is designed to teach students about the origin of thunderstorms, and introduce the concept of convection. Materials:- Clear, plastic container (size of shoebox) -Red food coloring -Ice cubes made with blue food coloring Safety:- Remind students there is NO eating or drinking in the lab. Procedure: 1. Fill the plastic container two-thirds full with lukewarm water. 2. Let the water sit for one minute. 3. Place a blue ice cube at one end of the plastic container. 4. Add three drops of red food coloring to the water at the other end of the plastic container....
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This note was uploaded on 09/18/2011 for the course CHM 3218 taught by Professor Stewart during the Spring '08 term at University of Florida.
- Spring '08