Chemistry Class Completes Soda Lab

On Friday October 24, 2014, a sophomore and junior chemistry class performed a lab on the sugar content in different types of sodas. Chemistry teacher Keith Gray gave the total sugar amounts in 8 ounces of each soda and the students had to figure out the correct amount of sugar in 10-mL of the sodas.

The chemistry class accomplished a lab that determined the sugar content in four sodas. These sodas were cola, ginger ale, orange soda, and grape soda. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The chemistry class accomplished a lab that determined the sugar content in four sodas. These sodas were cola, ginger ale, orange soda, and grape soda. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Chemistry teacher Keith Gray explained the sugar content lab to junior Caisi Calandra. The students in the class had to find the density and the percent of sugar in 10-mL of each soda type. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Chemistry teacher Keith Gray explained the sugar content lab to junior Caisi Calandra. The students in the class had to find the density and the percent of sugar in 10-mL of each soda type. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Juniors Kara Hersey and Sarah Reed filled up their 10-mL graduated cylinder with the purple soda. For safety precautions, students must always wear their safety glasses during lab procedures. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Juniors Kara Hersey and Sarah Reed filled up their 10-mL graduated cylinder with the purple soda. For safety precautions, students must always wear their safety glasses during lab procedures. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The students weighed their graduated cylinders that contained the soda in order to figure out the mass and the density of the sodas. They then used these measurements to calculate the percent of the sugar in 10-mL of the soda. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The students weighed their graduated cylinders that contained the soda in order to figure out the mass and the density of the sodas. They then used these measurements to calculate the percent of the sugar in 10-mL of the soda. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Calandra measured 10-mL of cola in her graduated cylinder during the experiment. It is important to always have accurate measurements in order to correctly complete the lab with a low percent error. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Calandra measured 10-mL of cola in her graduated cylinder during the experiment. It is important to always have accurate measurements in order to correctly complete the lab with a low percent error. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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