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Endothermic & Exothermic Reactions Lab

Experimental Question
How will temperature be affected by mixing hydrogen peroxide and yeast?
If hydrogen peroxide and yeast are mixed, then the temperature will decrease.
Materials List

 A beaker, water battle, or other similarly-shaped container

 A small cup
 3% hydrogen peroxide
 Yeast
 Food coloring (optional)
 Dish soap
 Warm water
 A tray or other contained area
 Thermometer
Safety Procedures

 Wear goggles, gloves, & closed-toe shoes

 An adult should provide supervision
 Tie back long hair
Experimental Procedures
1. Put the beaker in the tray
2. Pour ½ cup of hydrogen peroxide and ¼ cup of dish soap into the beaker
3. If you have food coloring, pour it into the beaker
4. Place the thermometer in the mixture, after 10 seconds record the final temperature
5. Pour a bit warm water into the small cup and thoroughly mix in the yeast
6. Wait around 5 minutes for the yeast to activate
7. Quickly pour the yeast water into the hydrogen peroxide
8. Once the mixture starts foaming insert the thermometer, after 15-20 seconds record
the final temperature

Data Table
Temperature Before Reaction Temperature After Reaction
Trial #1 76℉ 94℉
Trial #2 76℉ 94℉

Analysis & Conclusion

The data in the experiment disproved my hypothesis that hydrogen peroxide and yeast will
become colder when mixed. Before the reaction, the temperature of the hydrogen peroxide +
dish soap mixture was 76℉. In both trials, the mixture foamed and heated up to 94℉! This
shows that hydrogen peroxide and yeast will release heat when mixed. One factor that
might’ve affected the outcome was mixing in warm water. However, I performed the
second experiment about 10 minutes after the first and both mixtures reached the same
temperature. The dish soap also affects the experiment, exaggerating the bubbling.