November 21

Epsom Salt Crystal Suncatchers

Epsom salt which is also known as magnesium sulfate is actually not salt. It’s a chemical compound made up of magnesium, sulfur, and oxygen. In this simple investigation, third grade geologists used Epsom salt and hot water to make crystal sun catchers in Petri dishes. This is a simple project to try at home!

Heat 1 cup of water to boiling (212 degrees F or 100 degrees C). I used my electric tea kettle. Add 1/2 cup of Epsom salt. Stir until it dissolves and your solution is saturated. (We doubled this.) Pour into a shallow plastic or glass dish.

The term saturated solution is used in chemistry to define a solution in which no more solute can be dissolved in the solvent.

After the water evaporates, crystals appear. “Crystals are a special kind of solid material where the molecules fit together in a pattern that keeps repeating itself. Because of these patterns, crystals from all sorts of unique shapes.” (Ducksters)

Posted November 21, 2020 by pbright2 in category Science

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