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Chemistry Lab Alternatives?

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By niji on Thu, 12-09-10, 00:44

I am trying to plan a calorimetry lab for my high school chemistry class, and classically the lab is performed by burning a peanut under a can of water, and calculating the change in water temperature to give the energy in a peanut.

Peanuts work well because their oil burns well so the peanuts burn almost completely. I want all of my labs to be equally accessible to all students, and am trying to come up with alternatives that would still give good results. Sunflower seeds also have a good deal of oil to them, so I'm thinking they might be a good replacement.

Any thoughts or suggestions?

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