The Broadview

Chemistry class counts calories

Sophomore+Isabella+Bermejo+ignites+a+tortilla+chip+in+her+Chemistry+class.+The+class+performed+a+lab+to+determine+how+many+calories+are+in+certain+foods.
Sophomore Isabella Bermejo ignites a tortilla chip in her Chemistry class. The class performed a lab to determine how many calories are in certain foods.

Sophomore Isabella Bermejo ignites a tortilla chip in her Chemistry class. The class performed a lab to determine how many calories are in certain foods.

Laura Mogannam

Laura Mogannam

Sophomore Isabella Bermejo ignites a tortilla chip in her Chemistry class. The class performed a lab to determine how many calories are in certain foods.

Laura Mogannam, Reporter

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






WEB EXCLUSIVE

Sophomore Honors Chemistry students conducted a lab today to determine the number of calories in various food items after learning about calorimetry.

The class was instructed to create a calorimeter using a soda can filled with water. A potato or tortilla chip was burned under the can to heat the water. Students then used formulas previously learned in class to determine the number of calories in the food.

“It really showed me how to apply the material we are learning in real life,” sophomore Angela Chao said. “It was interesting to figure out how many calories are in a potato chip ourselves.”

Chemistry teacher Roderick Mobley has been doing this lab for multiple years because it is a good way to apply some of the equations learned in class.

“You need to see the problems in action,” Mobley said. “Everything doesn’t always work perfectly in practice as it does on paper, and you don’t really get to see that unless you do labs.”

“It really showed me how to apply the material we are learning in real life.”

Some students find it easier to understand the material when seeing what they are learning in action.

“I feel like it’s a lot easier to do math when you can actually see what you’re doing,” sophomore Elizabeth O’Boyle said. “You can actually see what the results of your experiment are.”

Each lab group determined the calories for two potato chips and two tortilla chips, but they had the option to perform the lab on other foods, such as granola bars and even gum.

“It’s interesting to see what’s inside a potato chip,” Chao said. “There’s a lot more grease that I thought there would be in the chip. Some were bubbling with grease.”

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
(Visited 164 times, 1 visits today)

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






Leave a Comment

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Right
Navigate Left
  • Chemistry class counts calories

    News

    Freshmen begin week of bonding

  • Chemistry class counts calories

    News

    Cafeteria starts providing all day service

  • Chemistry class counts calories

    News

    High school and elementary students pair in robotics project

  • Chemistry class counts calories

    News

    Lice outbreak addressed

  • Chemistry class counts calories

    News

    Varsity basketball to play first league game

  • Chemistry class counts calories

    News

    Cubs compete in Northern California tournament

  • Chemistry class counts calories

    Interactives

    Students participate in annual writing competition

  • Chemistry class counts calories

    Interactives

    Students rattled after nighttime earthquake

  • Chemistry class counts calories

    Interactives

    Community celebrates annual tradition

  • Chemistry class counts calories

    News

    Semester final exams begin

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






The student news site of Convent of the Sacred Heart High School
Chemistry class counts calories