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Bite-Size Physics

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This experiment will pop a cork out of a wine bottle and make it go 50 to 60 feet! This is best done outdoors. If you do it with few ingredients there’s very little mess. Be careful with this. The cork comes out with a good amount of force, don’t point it at anyone or anything. Don’t point it at yourself.

Ingredients

Wine bottle

Cork (be careful that the corkscrew doesn’t go all the way through it)

Baking Soda

Vinegar

Paper towel

1. Put about one inch of vinegar into the bottle.

2. Shove a wad of paper towel as far into the neck of the bottle as you can.

Make sure the wad is not too tight. It needs to stick into the bottle but not too tight.

3. Pour baking soda into the neck of the bottle. Fill the bottle from the wad of paper all the way to the top of the bottle.

4. Now put the cork into the bottle fairly tightly.

5. Now tap the bottle hard on the floor or table to force the wad of paper and the baking soda into the bottle.

6. Give the bottle a bit of a shake.

7. Set it down and watch.

8. If it doesn’t blast in 30 seconds to 1 minute then give the cork a little nudge. Be careful to not get in front of the cork.

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