[PHOTO] Kumpf Chemistry Lesson

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In the photo above, from front, Amanda Stark, Allison Bretz, and Jack Lomeli decide if the solute easily dissolved in water.

In the photo above, from front, Amanda Stark, Allison Bretz, and Jack Lomeli decide if the solute easily dissolved in water. (Photo courtesy of Clark Public Schools)

CLARK — Students in Ms. Veiksans and Miss Bartolomeo’s science classes at the Carl H. Kumpf Middle School in Clark are starting a new chapter. When the students opened their textbooks, they found that they were asked the question: “Does the physical state of matter of a solute affect whether or not it dissolves in water?”

To find out the answer to this question, the students performed a laboratory experiment. They used different solutes, such as sugar, vinegar, and vegetable oil, to see if they would dissolve in water. When the students found that vinegar did dissolve and vegetable oil did not dissolve in water, they came to the conclusion that the state of matter did not affect whether the solutes dissolved since they were both liquids.


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