Our robot ‘Splat’ gets very nervous around this experiment because it involves squashing metal.
There are many reasons why to crush cans; recycling aluminium, testing your strength or just for FUN (and learning some science of course!).
Try this experiment and see how the air we breathe can crush metal.
An adult is needed to heat the can on the stove and turn it over
Make sure to wear your gloves to protect your hands from any heat conduction
Make sure you also are wearing safety goggles to protect your eyes from any splashing hot water
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Wackey Science Ep
What's Going On?
Ã‚Â As you heat the can, the water inside boils and turns to a gas, expands and exits the can. The expanding steam pushes out most of the air inside the can.
Because the hot fast moving air inside the can pushes against the inner side of the can and prevents the outside air pressure from crushing the can. However, when you invert the can and place it into the water the following happens VERY quickly:
* The sides of the can cool down causing some of the air inside the can to condense (turn from a gas into a liquid) and form on the inner surface of the can.
* The air inside the can cools and contracts
Together both of the above cause the pressure inside the can to decrease. The air pressure outside of the can therefore pushes inwards and crushes the can.
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Condensation: the name given to the change of state when a vapor changes into a liquid (occurs when there is a decrease in energy)
Expand: this occurs when particles have more energy.
Contract: when particles (atoms, molecules) lose energy they slow down and get closer together.