DIY Science – Acid/Base Natural Indicators

natural-indicators

Nearly everything at [HAD] is at least based on science in some way or another. If, however, you would like to do some actual scientific experiments with stuff around the house, [Observationsblog] might be for you.

The particular posts that [Ken] wrote in to tell us about were all about acids, bases, and natural indicators. In his first post he goes over some definitions of acids, bases, and what pH exactly means. A good refresher for those that have forgotten some of their high school (or college) chemistry classes.

The other two posts have to do with making your own natural acid/base indicators. The first is called Anthocyanin, and can be extracted from Red Cabbage.  Quite specific directions can be found here. Similar directions can be found to turn the Indian spice of [Turmeric] into an indicator as well. Although these concepts probably won’t help build your next robot, they could easily be copied inspire young minds for a great science fair project!

Comments

  1. Natalie says:

    beyond inspiring young minds…
    for the rest of us digital ph meters are inexpensive, though one has to be careful with the probe and contamination.

  2. kaaaang says:

    Beakman!!!

  3. foolsh says:

    Hackaday, my hat is off to you. I want more of this! Keep it up.

  4. DainBramage1991 says:

    PH testing equipment of all types (test strips, liquid test kits, etc.) can be had anywhere that sells aquarium supplies. The pH range may be somewhat limited, but for educational purposes it could be a lot cheaper than purchasing lab quality materials and a lot easier than do-it-yourself solutions.

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