Why does baking soda react to vinegar?
I love making volcanos at place centre it is so interesting to see it explode with foam out of the top. Have you ever wondered why baking soda reacts to vinegar?Baking soda reacts with vinegar because of an acid based reaction.
Baking soda is scientifically known as sodium bicarbonate, vinegar is a acetic acid. This reaction creates carbon dioxide because when they combine they exchange atoms. In this case they exchange a proton. A proton is a subatomic particle that makes atoms. In this case it is very important or the two can’t react.
In other words baking soda acts as a base. Baking soda takes the proton from the vinegar which equals an acid. The reaction releases gas because when it receives the proton it transforms into water and carbon dioxide.
Baking soda is a sodium bicarbonate each molecule of which contains a sodium atom, an oxygen atom and a carbon dioxide molecule. Vinegar contains a acetic acid. Each molecule of which contains a hydrogen atom and a acetic ion. This process takes under 5 seconds.
This reaction is very popular in many different ways. For an example coke and mentos is very similar.
- Acid-a substance that can loose or donate a hydrogen atom.
- Molecule-the smallest unit
- Atoms-tiny particles
- Particle-a very small portion of matter
- Matter- anything that takes up space
- Hydrogen atom-the lightest and most abundant element in the universe.
- Carbon Dioxide-the air we breathe