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# LESSON 30: Balloon in a Bottle

ESTIMATED TIME Setup: 5–10 minutes | Procedure: 10–15 minutes

• DESCRIPTION • MATERIALS
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Place a balloon over a Pyrex glass bottle or flask to o Pyrex® glass vessel (bottle or flask)
observe the behavior of the balloon in response to o Balloon
changes in temperature. o Water
o Hot plate (a coffee hot plate will work as well)
• OBJECTIVE
This lesson uses a balloon and a Pyrex® glass bottle to Always remember to use the appropriate safety
demonstrate the relationship between temperature and equipment when conducting your experiment.
volume of a gas. Students place a balloon over the Refer to the Safety First section in the Resource Guide
opening of a Pyrex® glass bottle or flask and observe on pages 421–423 for more detailed information about
the reaction of the balloon to differences in safety in the classroom.
temperature. The lesson can be extended to address the
relationship between energy and temperature. Jump ahead to page 371 to view the
Experimental Procedure.
• CONTENT TOPICS
Scientific inquiry; measurement (temperature); states
of matter; properties of matter (gas laws); energy

NATIONAL SCIENCE EDUCATION STANDARDS SUBJECT MATTER
This lesson applies both Dimension 1: Scientific and Engineering Practices and Dimension 2: Crosscutting Concepts
from “A Framework for K–12 Science Education,” established as a guide for the updated National Science Education
Standards. In addition, this lesson covers the following Disciplinary Core Ideas from that framework:
• PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
• ETS2.A: Interdependence of Science, Engineering, and Technology (see Analysis & Conclusion)

OBSERVATION & RESEARCH
BACKGROUND Examples of solids are chairs, glasses, and trees. Liquids
Matter is defined as anything that has mass and takes up have a definite volume but no definite shape. Examples
space. It is everything around us! People characterize of liquids are water and oil. Gases have no definite shape
and classify matter by its properties. Two basic and no definite volume. The volume and shape of a gas
properties of matter are mass and volume. Mass is a are determined by the vessel that contains it. Examples
measure of the amount of matter in a substance. The of gases include oxygen, nitrogen, and argon, which
mass of an object can be measured with a balance. To along with other gases, make up the air around you.
determine the mass of an object, the object is compared
to another object with a mass that is known. The unit of Likewise, different forms of energy can be identified by
measurement that scientists use to measure mass is the different properties as well. Energy is a measure of the
kilogram (kg) or gram (g). Volume is a measure of the ability to do work or generate heat. Energy is found in
amount of space an object occupies and can be measured many forms and can change from one form to another.
in a number of different ways. Volume is measured in Some forms of energy include kinetic energy, chemical
liters or cubic units, such as cubic centimeters. energy, thermal energy, and light.

Temperature is a measure of the average kinetic energy
Matter exists primarily as a solid, liquid, or gas on the
earth. Solids have a definite volume and a definite shape. (energy of motion) of particles in a substance. It is a
measure of how fast the particles are moving around.

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is 6. V/n = K. Likewise. As the to solve for a change in volume or temperature using the temperature of a gas increases. This number (Avogadro’s number) The Core of Chemistry. As the air inside the glass vessel is heated. balloon is pulled inside the vessel. n is the number of molecules. and K is a pull more air in from the outside.aspx. and pressure. When the hot air is cooled. For additional background information. V is volume.chemed. temperature and volume of a gas. For example. the volume of the gas decreases and tries to PV = K. Therefore.org/ybtc/challenge/study. T is temperature. the product of glass vessel. V is volume. volume. T is temperature. a glass vessel will inflate as the vessel is T is temperature. and heated because of the relationship between the R is the ideal gas constant. temperature. You Be The Chemist® Activity Guide | page 369 . it the pressure and the volume of an ideal gas is constant. Charles’ Law states that the volume and Because the formula is equal to a constant. where P is pressure. and K is a constant. please P/T = K. the ideal gas law is a combination of these laws HYPOTHESIS that relates temperature. this law serves as a useful pulled into the bottle because of the decrease in approximation for most gases under most conditions. expands. K is a constant. where V is volume. uA balloon placed over the opening of PV = nRT. and review CEF’s Challenge study materials online at http://www. the constant. temperature and volume. which describe the relationships between volume. where P is pressure. the volume of the gas following proportion: increases at a proportional rate. pressure. 1/2 is proportional to 2/4 and 3/6.022 × 1023. explains the relationship between temperature and K is a constant. Again. However. Charles’ V/T = K. when The equation is called “ideal” because it is based on a the heated vessel is cooled.) The other gas laws include the following: In this lesson. and Law. Charles’ Law: The volume and temperature of a gas are directly proportional. LESSON 30: Balloon in a Bottle The temperature of a substance is measured using a FORMULAS & EQUATIONS thermometer. the balloon will be hypothetical ideal gas. where P is pressure. the proportion of Gases are defined by a set of laws known as the gas volume to the temperature of a gas equals a constant. Avogadro’s Law: Equal volumes of gases at the same • Additional information on states and properties of temperature and pressure contain the same number of matter can be found in the Classification of Matter molecules (n) regardless of their chemical nature and section of CEF’s Passport to Science Exploration: physical properties. causing the balloon to inflate. Finally. and volume. Boyle’s law can also be used to solve for a change in pressure or volume using the following equation: P1V1 = P2V2 CONNECT TO THE YOU BE THE CHEMIST CHALLENGE Gay-Lussac’s Law: The pressure exerted on a container by a gas is directly proportional to the temperature of the gas. it is possible temperature of a gas are directly proportional. a balloon is placed over the opening of a Boyle’s Law: At a constant temperature. laws. As this occurs. One of those laws. (Proportional means that V1/T1 = V2/T2 they change at a constant rate. where V is volume. Gay-Lussac’s Law can be used to calculate changes • Additional information on measurement can be in pressure or temperature using the following proportion: found in the Measurement section of CEF’s Passport P1/T1 = P2/T2 to Science Exploration: The Core of Chemistry. n is the number of molecules.

causing The liquid inside begins to vaporize as it becomes warmer. the vessel to speed up this process. the balloon to inflate. a half cup of hot tap water. dependent. Take the vessel off of the hot plate and allow the expansion of the air inside. Let the solution cool. If a hot plate is not available. However. Fill the Pyrex® glass vessel with no more than 2. Have students answer the questions on the activity sheet (or similar ones of your own) to guide the process. Heat the vessel until the water begins to boil. microwaving Part One the water for a few minutes will also work. the liquid and gases inside the vessel transfer volume of the gas decreases and tries to pull more air in EXPERIMENTATION As the students perform the experiment. is released from the heated water. and allow it to it is sucked into the vessel. 1. of the expansion results from the water vapor that 3. and controlled variables. challenge them to identify the independent. ® 1. does the volume of the gas change?) Review the information in the Scientific Inquiry section on pages 14–16 to discuss variables. as well as whether there is a control setup for the experiment. 4. plate. Watch as the balloon inflates. causing the hot air to rise. The heated gas also expands according to Charles’ Law. Remove the vessel from the heat. (Freeze or refrigerate cool for a few minutes. LESSON 30: Balloon in a Bottle DIFFERENTIATION IN THE CLASSROOM the heat through convection. the In addition. Place the vessel on a hot plate and heat it. You Be The Chemist® Activity Guide | page 371 . some the boiling water to sit for about 10 seconds. EXPERIMENTAL PROCEDURE Be careful while handling hot items. and place it on a hot 3. (Hint: If you change the temperature of the gas. occurs when the Borosilicate glass is less dense container is heated? and more resistant to What happens when thermal shock than the container is cooled? regular glass. What is borosilicate glass (primarily made inside the glass container? What of silica and boron oxide). When the hot air is cooled. Fill the Pyrex glass vessel with no more than a Part Two half cup of cold tap water. Note that the expansion of the balloon is mainly a result of 2. 4. and observe the balloon as 5. Place a balloon over the opening of the vessel.) DATA COLLECTION Have students record data in their science notebooks or on the Fun Fact Pyrex® is a brand name for a following activity type of glassware made from sheet. Place a balloon over the opening of the vessel.

hot air is less dense than cold air and will rise above the • Define energy and explain the law of conservation cold air. the of energy (see Differentiation in the Classroom). The balloon will return to the ground when the gas MODIFICATIONS/EXTENSIONS in the balloon is allowed to cool. and amount of gas. Since density is defined as the • Describe the relationships between temperature. The balloon should be smaller. The reduction to determine whether they should accept or reject their of temperature has caused a reduction of volume within hypotheses. Review the information in the Scientific Inquiry section on • If it is not possible to use a Pyrex® glass vessel and pages 14–16 to discuss the importance of communication a hot plate. can still be demonstrated using empty 2-liter plastic soda pop bottles. questions to discuss the experimental data. combined weight of the balloon plus this hot air is less • Compare and contrast the different types of heat than the weight of an equal volume of cold air outside transfer (see Differentiation in the Classroom). • Define and identify different types of measurements. hot-air balloon. The changes in a class. the air increases. original shape. Displacement is the act of • Describe the relationship between the temperature moving something out of its original position or of one and volume of a gas and understand that this relationship is known as Charles’ Law. volume. Run the bottle under hot water again. such as mass. and tell them to ask their Upon completion of this lesson. or have a discussion to generate other ideas as the air pressure in their tires often. and place the bottle in a refrigerator. ASSESSMENT/GOALS • Give the students balloons. • Apply a scientific inquiry process and perform an They should then check the balloon 10 minutes later. its density decreases. LESSON 30: Balloon in a Bottle ANALYSIS & CONCLUSION Use the questions from the activity sheet or your own or ice bath for 10 minutes. Use the following changes significantly with the seasons should check examples. as the volume of pressure. that it is displacing. tell the students you can COMMUNICATION inflate a balloon without blowing into it. Run the bottle with the cap off under hot water for a minute or two. it expands. and then put it in their freezer. Once the air in a balloon gets hot enough. When a gas is heated. the volume and temperature relationship to scientific progress. Immediately place the cap on. Review the information in the Scientific the bottle. amount of matter per unit of volume. to … Instruct them to partially (not completely) blow up the balloon. You Be The Chemist® Activity Guide | page 372 . temperature will change the pressure within the tire. freezer. tie it tight. substance taking the place of another. and temperature. They also primarily responsible for supporting the weight of a introduce ways to expand on the content topics presented car. experiment. Discuss the results as a class and review the activity sheet. REAL-WORLD APPLICATIONS • Charles’ Law is used to explain the operation of a • Differentiate between the different states of matter. Modifications and extensions provide alternative methods • The air pressure in a car tire (not the actual rubber) is for performing the lesson or similar lessons. • Before the lesson begins. Ask students it should look like someone squeezed it. As a result. students should be able parents if they can try an experiment at home. People who live in areas where temperature and think beyond those topics. and the bottle should return to its invalid hypotheses. volume. with Inquiry section on pages 14–16 to discuss valid and the cap still on. Upon removing the bottle. the balloon starts to rise. An object will float when it weighs less than the fluid it displaces. Ask them if they know how this is possible. Therefore.

________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ 2. Define the following key terms. Predict how these materials may be used. Then. Write down the materials you observe. Term Definition Example (write or add image) Matter Mass Volume Solid Liquid Gas Energy Temperature You Be The Chemist®Activity Guide | page 373 ActivityGuides . provide an example of each by writing the example or drawing/pasting an image of the example.LESSON 30 ACTIVITY SHEET: Balloon in a Bottle OBSERVE & RESEARCH 1. ______________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ 3.

Once your teacher removes the vessel from the hot plate. Place a balloon over the opening of the vessel. and allow the boiling water to sit for about 10 seconds. Let the solution cool and observe the balloon. Have your teacher take the vessel off the hot plate. Consider what will happen when a balloon attached to the opening of a glass vessel is heated and then cooled and why. Fill the Pyrex® glass vessel with no more than a half cup of cold tap water. Have your teacher heat the vessel on a hot plate until the water begins to boil. 3. 2. 3. Part Two 1. and the vessel is heated? ____________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ 2. ANALYZE & CONCLUDE 1. 4. In Part One. Have your teacher place the vessel on a hot plate and heat it. allow it to cool for a few minutes. Observe the balloon. what happens to the balloon when it is placed on top of the vessel filled with cold tap water. 2. uWrite your hypothesis. In Part Two. what happens to the balloon when it is placed on top of the vessel filled with heated tap water and then allowed to cool? ____________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ You Be The Chemist® Activity Guide | page 374 . You can also freeze or refrigerate the vessel to speed up the process. Place a balloon over the opening of the vessel. 4.LESSON 30 ACTIVITY SHEET: Balloon in a Bottle 4. ______________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________ PERFORM YOUR EXPERIMENT Part One 1. Fill the Pyrex® glass vessel with no more than a half cup of hot tap water.

LESSON 30 ACTIVITY SHEET: Balloon in a Bottle 3. what would be your next steps? ____________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ You Be The Chemist®Activity Guide | page 375 ActivityGuides . What is Charles’ Law. What is Boyle’s Law? ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ 5. Is your hypothesis valid? Why or why not? If not. What is the ideal gas law? __________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ 7. What is Gay-Lussac’s Law? ________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ 6. and how does it relate to this experiment? __________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ 4.

______________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ You Be The Chemist® Activity Guide | page 376 . Then. Define the following key terms. How is the energy transferred in this experiment? Explain. What relationships are described by the gas laws? ____________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ 3. Term Definition Example (write or add image) Law of conservation of energy Thermal energy Heat Conduction Convection Radiation 2. provide an example of each by writing the example or drawing/pasting an image of the example.LESSON 30 ACTIVITY SHEET: Balloon in a Bottle EXPAND YOUR KNOWLEDGE—ADVANCED 1.

provide an example of each by writing the example or drawing/pasting an image of the example. OBSERVE & RESEARCH 1.LESSON 30 ACTIVITY SHEET: Balloon in a Bottle ANSWER KEY: Below are suggested answers. A measure of the average kinetic energy of Temperature particles in a substance. ______________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ as decorations. liquid. Other answers may also be acceptable. 3. or gas on the earth. balloons. Predict how these materials may be used. A hot plate may be used to heat a substance. Matter matter is generally found as a solid. a liquid will take the shape of the container that holds it. a gas will take the shape of the container that holds it. ________________________________________________________________ A Pyrex® glass vessel. Then. A physical property that measures the amount of Volume space a substance occupies. Write down the materials you observe. Define the following key terms. Energy The ability to do work or produce heat. Water may be used to drink or boil food. A state of matter that has a definite volume but no Liquid definite shape. You Be The Chemist® Activity Guide | page 377 . These materials may be used to ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ demonstrate the physical properties of water and air. A state of matter characterized by a definite volume Solid and definite shape. water. hot plate … ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ A Pyrex® glass vessel may be used in the lab to heat a substance. Term Definition Example (write or add image) Any substance that has mass and takes up space. filling the bottom first. Balloons may be used 2. generally identified by sensations of hot and cold. filling the entire container. A state of matter that has no definite volume or Gas shape. Mass A measure of the amount of matter in a substance.

Observe the balloon. 4. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ You Be The Chemist® Activity Guide | page 378 . allow it to cool for a few minutes. and observe the balloon. 2. what happens to the balloon when it is placed on top of the vessel filled with cold tap water. Have your teacher take the vessel off the hot plate. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ 2. PERFORM YOUR EXPERIMENT Part One 1. In Part Two. and the vessel is heated? ____________________________________________________________________________________ The balloon increases in size when the vessel and the air inside is heated. Have your teacher heat the vessel on a hot plate until the water begins to boil. You can also freeze or refrigerate the vessel to speed up the process.LESSON 30 ACTIVITY SHEET: Balloon in a Bottle ANSWER KEY: Below are suggested answers. Fill the Pyrex® glass vessel with no more than a half cup of hot tap water. 4. the balloon will be pulled into the bottle because of the decrease in temperature and volume. Place a balloon over the opening of the vessel. Let the solution cool. ANALYZE & CONCLUDE 1. 3. Other answers may also be acceptable. 2. Likewise. uWrite your hypothesis. 3. and allow the boiling water to sit for about 10 seconds. Part Two 1. what happens to the balloon when it is placed on top of the vessel filled with heated tap water and then allowed to cool? ____________________________________________________________________________________ The balloon is pulled inside the vessel. Have your teacher place the vessel on a hot plate and heat it. when the ______________________________________________________________________________________ heated vessel is cooled. ______________________________________________________________ A balloon placed over the opening of a glass vessel containing cold water will inflate as ______________________________________________________________________________________ the vessel is heated because of the relationship between the temperature and the volume of a gas. Fill the Pyrex® glass vessel with no more than a half cup of cold tap water. Once your teacher removes the vessel from the hot plate. Consider what will happen when a balloon attached to the opening of a glass vessel is heated and then cooled and why. Place a balloon over the opening of the vessel. 4. In Part One.

causing the balloon to expand. pressure. such as You Be The Chemist® Activity Guide | page 379 . As the temperature of a gas increases.LESSON 30 ACTIVITY SHEET: Balloon in a Bottle ANSWER KEY: Below are suggested answers. and how does it relate to this experiment? __________________________________________ Charles’ Law states that the volume and temperature of a ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ gas are directly proportional. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ 6. 4. and volume. the volume of the gas increases. Is your hypothesis valid? Why or why not? If not. 3. What is the ideal gas law? __________________________________________________________________________ The ideal gas law is a combination of the gas laws that relate temperature. I would reject my hypothesis and could form a new one. In this experiment. It is ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ represented by the equation PV = nRT. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ 5. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ as the gas in the vessel is heated. the product of the pressure and the volume of an ideal ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ gas is always constant. Other answers may also be acceptable. the volume of the gas increases at a proportional rate. What is Gay-Lussac’s Law? ________________________________________________________________________ Gay-Lussac’s Law states that the pressure exerted on a container by a gas is directly proportional to ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ the temperature of the gas. what would be your next steps? ____________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Answer 1: Valid because the data support my hypothesis. What is Charles’ Law. What is Boyle’s Law? ____________________________________________________________________________ Boyle’s Law states that at at constant temperature. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ 7. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Answer 2: Invalid because the data do not support my hypothesis.

______________________________________________ Heat is transferred from the hot plate to the glass vessel and the ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ water inside by conduction. The heat is then transferred between the water and air in the bottle through convection. also known as the first of energy law of thermodynamics. Other answers may also be acceptable. The flow of thermal energy from one substance to another Heat because of differences in temperature. or challenge them to find the answers to these questions at home and discuss how these terms relate to the experiment in class the next day. 1. 2. and volume and the amount of moles. Term Definition Example (write or add image) Law of conservation A scientific law stating that while energy can change form. volume and temperature. What relationships are described by the gas laws? ____________________________________________________ The relationships described by the gas laws include those between pressure ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ and volume. The transfer of energy (as electromagnetic waves) through Radiation an empty space or clear material without heating the empty space or clear material. provide an example of each by writing the example or drawing/pasting an image of the example. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ You Be The Chemist® Activity Guide | page 380 . How is the energy transferred in this experiment? Explain. The transfer of energy by the bulk molecular motion within Convection a liquid or gas. Thermal energy The total energy of particles in a substance. Define the following key terms. it cannot be created or destroyed. EXPAND YOUR KNOWLEDGE—ADVANCED Have students complete this section if you used the advanced differentiation information. pressure and temperature. Conduction The transfer of energy by collisions between nearby atoms.LESSON 30 ACTIVITY SHEET: Balloon in a Bottle ANSWER KEY: Below are suggested answers. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ 3. Then.