Crystals Lab Report

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Introduction: A crystal is a solid whose atoms are arranged in a specific repeating pattern. Real crystals undergo years to grow, but today's scientists have obtained a way to grow crystals right in the lab. They have also been effective in finding a way for people who aren’t scientists to grow crystals in the comfort of our own home. Although they may not be the same crystals we wear as jewelry, they give us a basic idea of the unique types of crystals that are made, formed and grown all over the world. The purpose of this experiment is to successfully grow a crystal. Materials: • Epsom Salt • Food Coloring • Beaker, Small bowl, or Jar Procedure: 1. Bring 1/2 cup of water to a boil. 2. In the beaker, bowl, or jar, add ½ cup of Epsom salt. 3. Add food coloring to the water in the pot if you want colored crystals. 4. Once water has been boiling for at least a minute, pour the water into the jar with the Epsom salt. 5. Mix the solution for 1-2 minutes or until the…show more content…
I had the choice to choose between alum powder, Epsom salt or sugar. Alum powder didn’t work so I choose to use Epsom salt. Heating the water allowed more Epsom salt to dissolve than could have in the cold water. When the water cooled, this extra salt at the bottom of the jar turned into solid crystals. A way I was able to compare my results with my classmates by asking them whether they used Epsom salt, sugar or alum powder for their solute. Based on their answer, I asked them how they grew their crystals, like what procedure did they do. When I was doing using alum as my solute, I asked people what size jar they used, how long was their string and what type of string they used. When I did the Epsom salt as he solute, I asked how much water and Epsom salt they used. I asked when they put it in the refrigerator how long did they leave it in there. The strengths I can see in this experiment are the reasons behind why this experiment

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