Chemical Reaction: Volcano Style
by Blake Smith
Why it Happens...
Building the Volcano (with my cousins)
Using a plastic cup, mold play doh around it.
Add about 1/3 box of baking soda.
Pour white vinegar on top of the baking soda. Watch the reaction occur.
What is happening?
Baking soda and vinegar react with each other because they exchange atoms. In this case, they are exchange a proton, which is a subatomic particle that makes atoms. You can also think of a proton as a Hydrogen atom that is missing an electron. In this reaction, baking soda acts as a base, and takes a proton from vinegar, which is an acid. The reaction releases gas because when the baking soda receives the proton, it transforms into water and carbon dioxide.