Automotive Emissions and the Greenhouse Effect

This is a laboratory activity in which students will compare the amount of carbon dioxide in four different sources of gas and determine the carbon dioxide contribution from automobiles. They test ambient air, human exhalation, automobile exhaust, and nearly pure carbon dioxide from a vinegar/baking soda mixture.

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Texas State Energy Conservation Office
Activity takes one 90-minute class period to conduct experimental work. Additional materials are necessary

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Required materials can almost all be found in a typical chemistry laboratory.

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