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The Limewater Carbon Dioxide Test
Carbon dioxide, also commonly known by its chemical formula CO2, is one of the major building blocks of life. It is usually found in its gaseous form, and is a major part of the plant and animal life cycle. CO2 is consumed by plants in photosynthesis and is produced by animals (like us!) during respiration. It is also expelled from the earth’s core during volcanic eruptions and exits a vehicle’s engine from its tailpipe when the motor is running. It’s considered a greenhouse gas, one of several compounds which contributes to global climate change. Carbon dioxide is all around us, and this simple experiment will help you see CO2 production by conducting a carbon dioxide test with two chemical reactions.
How can we test for the presence of carbon dioxide?
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