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Burn a Peanut- Count Calories
A peanut will burn producing an impressive amount of flame for a long time. The flame can be used to boil away water and count the calories contained in the peanut. A great way to show students how calories are calculated for energy in our bodies.
- fresh peanuts
- 20 mL or larger test tubes (larger tubes are better)
- test tube holders (ring stand with test tube clamp)
- 10 mL of water (measure with a graduated cylinder)
- large paper clips
- aluminum plates
- sticky tape
See website for detailed instructions.
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