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  • Utkarsh

    December 29, 2023 at 11:01 pm
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    Hey there! That sounds like a fun experiment to try at home. Let’s mix soap, water, and oil together and see what happens!

    Here’s what you’ll need:

    1. A clear glass or container

    2. Water

    3. Dish soap

    4. Vegetable oil

    5. Food coloring (optional)

    Here are the steps to follow:

    1. Fill the glass or container about halfway with water.

    2. Add a few drops of dish soap to the water and give it a gentle stir.

    3. Slowly pour a layer of vegetable oil on top of the soapy water. The oil should float on the surface.

    4. If you’d like, you can add a drop or two of food coloring to the mixture to make it more visually interesting.

    5. Observe what happens!

    Now, what do you think will happen? When you mix soap, water, and oil together, something cool happens! The soap molecules are attracted to both water and oil. The soap molecules have one end that is attracted to water (hydrophilic) and another end that is attracted to oil (hydrophobic). When you mix them, the soap molecules surround the oil droplets, forming little bubbles called micelles. These micelles help to break up the oil into smaller droplets, allowing it to mix with the water.

    Give it a try and let me know what you observe! It’s always exciting to see science in action. 🧪🔬

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