Steel Wool and Oxygen Experiment

By: Lauren Underwood and Claire Wright

What happens when steel wool and vinegar are mixed and oxidized?

Graph of experiment

When steel wool is mixed with vinegar, the temperature increases, this makes this experiment exothermic. In an exothermic experiment, energy is released. The lowest temperature was 25 degrees Celsius, and the highest temperature was 38 degrees Celsius.

Breaking Down the Reaction

Fe + O2 → Fe2O3

In this reaction, steel wool and vinegar were mixed and then oxidized.  Then when the steel wool reacted, it became an orange color, and smelled really bad.  We balanced this reaction, and it displayed the Law of Conservation of Mass.

Fe- 4                                    Fe- 4

O- 6                                     O- 6


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