Collapsing Can Experiment

Collapsing Can Experiment

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Caption: This aluminum soft drink can was filled with 1 tablespoon of water and heated over the bunsen burner until the water boiled. Then, as seen here, the can was grasped with tongs, turned upside down, and dipped into a beaker of cold water. The can collapsed almost instantaneously due to the change in air pressure. Boiling the water drove the air out of the can and replaced it with water vapor. When the water vapor condensed, the pressure inside the can became much less than the air pressure outside, causing the can to collapse.

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Keywords: air pressure, aluminum can, can, chemistry, collapse, collapsing, crush, crushes, crushing, demonstration, educational, experiment, lab, pressure, science, soft drink can

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