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Cooler than Kool-aid… OHHH YEA

September 6, 2013 by marcosl · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Not much is sweeter than Kool-aid, but it was pretty sweet to get to make Kool-aid mixed with alcohol! 70% isopropyl alcohol of course! Adding different concentrations of the stuff caused the Kool-aid to change to colors throughout experimentation. 5% will get you a rough red, 25% will give purple Kool-aid the blues and once you try 70% what do you get? You guessed it, clear! But now comes the big question. Why is it changing colors at all? The answer is polarity. Polar molecules in the Kool-aid would stay in the nonpolar filter and as the different isopropyl concentrations (which were also polar) traveled through the filter, they picked up some of the molecules they thought were cute. Different concentrations have different standards though, and the way they felt affected the color that was produced as it passed through the nonpolar filter and into the vile.

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