Reaction Of Sugar and Sulfuric Acid – Cool Home Science Experiments

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Watch this cool science experiment with Sulfuric Acid and Sugar. Sulfuric acid (96%) is mixed with sugar, which is attacked by the acid. The final products are carbon, water vapor, and sulfur dioxide gas.

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Basically, all you do to perform this demonstration is put ordinary table sugar in a glass beaker and stir in some concentrated sulfuric acid.

Sugar is white. Sulfuric acid is nearly colorless. So how is it sulfuric acid turns sugar black?

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The heat is due to the release of a tremendous amount of energy. All that heat vaporizes water producing steam—the mist is mostly water.³ Be careful to avoid the mist, as it doubtless contains traces of acid.

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