For 5th, 6th & 7th Std. Students Science Experiments:Mixing Oil and Water


Mixing Oil and Water
Some things just don’t get along well with each other. Take oil and water as an example, you
can mix them together and shake as hard as you like but they’ll never become friends…..or
will they? Take this fun experiment a step further and find out how bringing oil and water
together can help you do your dishes.
What you’ll need:
 Small soft drink bottle
 Water
 Food colouring
 2 tablespoons of cooking oil
 Dish washing liquid or detergent
1. Add a few drops of food colouring to the water.
2. Pour about 2 tablespoons of the coloured water along with the 2 tablespoons of
cooking oil into the small soft drink bottle.
3. Screw the lid on tight and shake the bottle as hard as you can.
4. Put the bottle back down and have a look, it may have seemed as though the liquids
were mixing together but the oil will float back to the top.
What’s happening?
While water often mixes with other liquids to form solutions, oil and water does not. Water
molecules are strongly attracted to each other, this is the same for oil, because they are
more attracted to their own molecules they just don’t mix together. They separate and the
oil floats above the water because it has a lower density.
If you really think oil and water belong together then try adding some dish washing liquid or
detergent. Detergent is attracted to both water and oil helping them all join together and
form something called an emulsion. This is extra handy when washing those greasy dishes,
the detergent takes the oil and grime off the plates and into the water, yay!

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