Science Experiments Ideas
Fix two plastic bags to the ends of a piece of wooden beading about 18 inches long and let it swing like a balance on a drawing pin. Pour some bicarbonate of soda and some vinegar into a glass. It begins to froth, because a gas is escaping. If you tilt the glass over one of the bags, the balance falls.
The gas, which is given off during the chemical reaction, is carbon dioxide. It is heavier than air, so it can be poured into the bag and weighed. If you were to fill a balloon with the gas it would never rise, and for this purpose other gases are used, which are lighter than air.