What impacts the viscosity and ability of lava to flows out of a volcano? In this lab, students will measure the speed of corn syrup lava as it flows down a clipboard, representing the side of a volcano. Students will test 4 variables: dissolved water, undissolved solids (representing crystallization), air bubbles (volatiles), and temperature.
Materials needed: Corn syrup, clipboard, wax paper, masking tape, beaker, spoons, water, sand, hand mixer or whisk, ice and warm water bath (or fridge and microwave), stopwatch, ruler, and a plastic bin.
Note: this lab is
, so if you wish to simplify or eliminate any of the trials you are welcome to do so.