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ERIC Number: EJ1121771
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Dec
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1449-6313
New Scientific Aspects of the "Burning Candle" Experiment
Massalha, Taha
Teaching Science, v62 n4 p9-14 Dec 2016
The "burning candle" experiment is used in middle school education programs to prove that air contains a component that is essential to burning (i.e., oxygen). The accepted interpretation taught by teachers in middle school is this: when burning occurs, oxygen is used up, creating an underpressure that causes a rise in water level inside the covering vessel. The history of the physics and chemistry of the burning candle experiment may be found in the rewritten lectures of Faraday (Faraday, 1978). This paper describes the theoretical considerations on which the experiment is based. It describes the experiment as it was conducted with a class of students to provide a basis for a new, fuller description of what actually happens in this experiment. This study also introduces the concept of students using a video camera in the observation and documentation process as part of the teaching and learning process.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A