Lab Report Discovering Which Common Nut is the Best Heat Source when Burned

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Lab Report Discovering Which Common Nut is the Best Heat Source when Burned Purpose: To find what common nut is the best heat source when burned. Research: In today's world, almost everything we do needs power from fossil fuels or waterfalls. This obviously presents a problem for our limited natural resources and our atmosphere. Many alternatives have been proposed and some used. Most, like solar power and wind power, require certain weather conditions not common in many locations. Others, like nuclear power, create waste problems. Scientists consider this impending "Energy Crisis" to be avoidable and they point out that good progress is being made. One such instance was at the recent Detroit auto show, (where all the American car companies show the year's new models) when Ford showed a working prototype of a car run completely on fuel cells. The working portion was no taller than the wheels and you could attach different accessories, like seats and shells, to the basic chassis. You may want to know what burning nuts would have to do with the world energy crisis. Well, you may be surprised. As I said before, fossil fuels are limited and you can't dam every river so what could replace those coal piles in the train yard, what could replace those emergency propane tanks for camping? Nuts. You might think that that is crazy, absurd or stupid; but the average nut is actually very flammable. An ounce of peanuts in controlled lab conditions can produce 694 Btu's of energy. That is a lot of power in such a small package. There is a natural reason for this. All plants want their offspring to live so they use every trick to get their seeds to survive. Nuts contain a lot of stored nutrients and fat and fat burns really we... ... middle of paper ... ...e the rubber bands stronger. At least three times one or two rubber bands broke during the testing. This didn't affect the results at all but the two times three or all four bands broke necessitated me starting over. I definitely want to do some more research and testing on this cool topic. Some questions tickled me while I was writing and testing. Some were: "What nut contains the most oil?" and "What nut contains the most flammable oil?" I also want to know what other nuts I should test. I'll have to do more research and testing to answer these questions. Bibliography: "Energy Crisis?" Chemical & Engineering News June, 2001 63-64 USDA Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 14 - 16 (July 2001) "Calorimitry" The Encyclopedia Britannica 1999 "Calorie" The Encyclopedia Britannica 1999 "Calorimeter" The Encyclopedia Britannica 1999

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