Simple Experiments; Burned Balloons That Don’t Pop

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When rubber balloons are subjected to heat or are burned, they usually burst. However, in a simple experiment this time, it was discovered that the balloon was burned but did not explode despite being placed directly on the fire; it also did not dissolve after being burned with a match. What happened to cause this phenomenon? Let’s put our skills to the test together.

Tools and Materials of Simple Experiment; Burned Balloons That Don’t Pop

  • 2 inflatable balloons
  • Enough water
  • Gas lighters or candles

Step Of Simple Experiment – Burned Balloons That Don’t Pop

  1. 1 balloon must be inflated, and the ends must be tied to prevent air from escaping.
  2. Heat over a lit candle or gas lighter
  3. Then the “bang” of the balloon will explode
  4. Fill the second balloon with just enough water, about a quarter of the way up.
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Simple Experiment – Burned Balloons That Don’t Pop

5. Heat a balloon that filled with water over a lit candle or gas lighter

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Simple Experiment – Burned Balloons That Don’t Pop

What happened? The balloon does not pop, burn, or melt, and it remains intact.

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Simple Experiment – Burned Balloons That Don’t Pop – Balloons Don’t Melt After Burning

Explanation of Burned Balloons That Don’t Pop

The first balloon is entirely made of air. Because heating the air takes only a few seconds, the balloon heats up quickly and explodes when exposed to fire.

Water is poured into the second balloon. Water absorbs heat by its own nature. The heat from the fire is absorbed by the water when a balloon filled with water is burned. Although rubber components melt rapidly when exposed to heat, the balloon remains intact and does not dissolve. Rubber will frequently melt not only due to fire, but also due to the heated temperature in the room caused by sunshine.

In balloons filled with water, the phenomena of hot melt balloons does not occur since the balloon just transfers heat from the fire to be absorbed by the water. However, if the heating is applied for an extended period of time, the water in the balloon will heat up, causing the balloon to become heated and eventually burst.

This simple experiment using inexpensive and readily available materials can help children better comprehend physics concepts. This non-exploding balloon experiment demonstrates the fundamentals of heat transmission and water characteristics. It is intended that through doing various experiments, the children will be more diligent in learning science.

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