How to Make a Cup Chemically Disapear

Introduction: How to Make a Cup Chemically Disapear

Styrofoam is a polymer and when brought into contact with
acetone the polymer breaks down into its monomers. This
demonstration show the process of depolymerization. It looks pretty cool.

Need a Petri dish (something that is not Plastic to hold Demonstrations in
Styrofoam Cup is placed into petri dish and 20 mL of acetone is poured in

Clean up let acetone evaporate, throw out cup gew.

acetone can be replaced with a number of different solvents like gasoline.

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    55 Discussions

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    livesteamfan
    livesteamfan

    12 years ago on Introduction

    I'm not that great with chemicals and stuff like that, but what's napalm?

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    Tparker223
    Tparker223

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    put it in a pipe and make a wireless sparker... you will get a nice little boom

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    Behb
    Behb

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    No, it's just a thick, very sticky, slowburning and flammable liquid. Not an explosive and certainly not HE =).

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    bumpus
    bumpus

    12 years ago on Introduction

    you could also do that with mountain dew, or gas but the resulting substance is napalm like

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    austin
    austin

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    haha you cant do that with mountain dew.

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    bumpus
    bumpus

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    my 8th grade science teacher had a party before christmas break and sombody left a styrofome cup half full of mountain dew on the table that never got thrown away and when we got back he said it desolved the bottom

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    Tparker223
    Tparker223

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Not all Mountain dews do that only the red kind.

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    jakee117
    jakee117

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    good so its fake

    yay!

    goes of and drinks gallons of mountain dew

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    Nyxius
    Nyxius

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    not chemically possible...he's just yanking your chain for not cleaning up after your self.

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    No-Shi-De
    No-Shi-De

    9 years ago on Introduction

    VERY VERY VERY COOL!!! but all i know about styro is if u cut it, its bad for the ozone... those any body know if this is eco friendly??? (not much of a chemist)

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    Superpoopa
    Superpoopa

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    its bad cause it releases a type of gas thats pretty bad,(i forgot what kind of gas it was but you can do this outside) and when the cup is melted, its like napalm, you can light it up and acetone can be found it nail polish remover