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Carolina ChemKits®: Smartphone Spectroscopy

Item # 840262 Exclusive This product is exclusive to Carolina Biological Supply.

Connect students and science through their smartphones while introducing them to visible light spectroscopy fundamentals. In this lab, students measure the transmittance of light through standard solutions of Red Dye No. 40 with a smartphone, a color analyzer application, the Carolina® Spectroscopy Chamber, and a spectrophotometry technique. Using the collected data, students create a Beer-Lambert plot to determine the concentration of the food dye in popular powdered drink mixes.



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Transform a smartphone into a spectrophotometer with the Carolina® Spectroscopy Chamber!

The Carolina® Spectroscopy Chamber, like its traditional counterpart, is designed to allow light to pass through a sample in a clear colorless tube. The smartphone application analyzes the light. Students then convert that collected data to absorbance or transmittance and create Beer-Lambert calibration curves to determine the concentration of food dye in popular powdered drink mixes.

Not only are students engaged in science using a device with which they are highly familiar, but they also learn how a spectrophotometer works on the inside before moving on to a delicate, more expensive instrument. Works with both Android™ and iOS® devices. Use the color analyzer app of your choice; no special optical glass tubes are required. Materials are sufficient for 30 students working in groups of 3.

Note: Materials needed but not supplied include smartphones, color analyzer applications, and glassware for serial dilutions.

  • This item is only available from Carolina Biological Supply Company.
Components Qty Included?
Carolina® Spectroscopy Chamber 10 Included
Red Dye No. 40, Powder, 2 g 1 Included
Pink Lemonade Kool-Aid® Packet, Single 1 Included
Strawberry Kool-Aid® Packet, Single 1 Included
Green Construction Paper, Sheets 50 Included
Culture Tube, Disposable, 13 x 100 mm 50 Included
Document Camera or Overhead Projector Needed, Not Included
Teacher’s Manual with Reproducible Student Guide 1 Included
Smartphone with RGB Color Analyzer Downloaded 10 Needed, Not Included
Volumetric Flask, 1,000 mL (or beaker, 100 mL) 1 Needed, Not Included
Volumetric Flask with Stirring Rod, 100 mL (or beaker, 250 mL) 10 Needed, Not Included
Mohr Pipet, 10 mL 10 Needed, Not Included
Pipet Bulb or Pipet Pump 10 Needed, Not Included
Graduated Cylinder, 100 mL  10 Needed, Not Included
Beaker, 150 mL 10 Needed, Not Included
Beaker, 250 mL 2 Needed, Not Included
Test Tube Rack 10 Needed, Not Included
Glass Marking Pen 10 Needed, Not Included
Wash Bottle for Distilled or Deionized Water 10 Needed, Not Included
Paper Towels Needed, Not Included
Distilled or Deionized Water Needed, Not Included