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Heat of Combustion in Biofuels Kit

Item # 841170 Exclusive This product is exclusive to Carolina Biological Supply. With Digital This kit includes 1-year access to digital resources including videos, digital teacher’s manuals, printable student guides, interactive lessons, editable assessment questions, and more.

Product Highlights

  • Calculate the heat of combustion for prepared biodiesel, corn oil, and canola oil, then use findings to support claims about the relative functionality of each fuel.
  • High school modeling activity with manipulatives and enough materials for 16 lab groups.
  • Carolina Kits 3D®—Labs that use phenomena to support NGSS and 3-dimensional instruction.



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Though biofuels never gained the growth and popularity of diesel fuel, a late 20th-century resurgence in research has revived interest in biofuels and biodiesel engines. Students will consider this phenomenon, the diesel engine, and how it relates to their calorimeter apparatus as a thermal system while also seeking to answer the driving question, “How do biodiesels compare with their virgin source oils, traditional petro-diesel fuel, and kerosene with regard to their potential use as fuels?” Note: The biodiesel sample preparation process that is required before students begin the activity takes a minimum of 6 calendar days from start to finish.

Time Requirement
Total, 235 minutes. Teacher prep, 115 minutes. Pre-lab, 45 minutes. Investigation, 45 minutes. Assessment, 30 minutes.

Digital Resources
Includes 1-year access to digital resources that support 3-dimensional instruction for NGSS. Digital resources may include a teacher manual and student guide, pre-lab activities and setup videos, phenomenon videos, simulations, and post-lab analysis and assessments.

Performance Expectations

Crosscutting Concepts
Energy and Matter: Flows, Cycles, and Conservation

Disciplinary Core Ideas
PS3.B: Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer

Science and Engineering Practices
Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

Learning Objectives

  • Calculate the heat of combustion for different fuels.
  • Evaluate the efficacy of different hydrocarbon fuels.
  • Apply the first law of thermodynamics to different systems.

Prerequisite Knowledge and Skills
Students should be familiar with combustion reactions, specific heat and heat of combustion, and the properties and forms of energy.

  • This item is only available from Carolina Biological Supply Company.
  • Excepted Quantity - This product is/contains a DOT regulated hazardous material in an excepted quantity. This does not incur a hazardous materials fee. Orders shipping to HI and AK are subject to review and may incur additional shipping charges.

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Components Qty Included?
9 M Potassium Hydroxide, 30 mL 1 Included
Methanol, 30 mL 2 Included
Wicks 36 Included
Test Tubes 36 Included
T-Pins 40 Included
Carolina Science Online® Resources (1-year subscription) 1 Included
Teacher's Manual with Reproducible Student Guide 1 Included
Canola Oil, 250 mL 1 Needed, Not Included
Corn Oil, 250 mL 1 Needed, Not Included
Graduated Cylinders, 250 mL 2 Needed, Not Included
Erlenmeyer Flasks, 250 mL 2 Needed, Not Included
Beakers, 150 mL 2 Needed, Not Included
Beakers, 100 mL 20 Needed, Not Included
Beaker, 500-mL 2 Needed, Not Included
Beaker Tongs 1 Needed, Not Included
Crucible Tongs 1 Needed, Not Included
Watch Glasses Needed, Not Included
Magnetic Stirrer 1 Needed, Not Included
Magnetic Stirring Bar 2 Needed, Not Included
Digital Balance (0.1-g resolution) 4 Needed, Not Included
Ring Stands with Rings 16 Needed, Not Included
Buret Clamps 16 Needed, Not Included
Stirring Rods 16 Needed, Not Included
Pipets 4 Needed, Not included
Thermometers 16 Needed, Not Included
Test Tube Tongs 16 Needed, Not Included
Spray Bottle 1 Needed, Not Included
Matches or Long Lighters Needed, Not Included
Sodium Chloride Needed, Not Included
Parafilm® (as needed) Needed, Not Included
Aluminum Soda Cans (empty, tabs attached) 20 Needed, Not Included
Timers (optional) Optional, Not Included
Separatory Funnels (optional) 16 Needed, Not Included