I like your science project.
1. You can make gelatin in a bowl or
container. For a science experiment, I
recommend making the gelatin in a container with
a flat bottom. It would be nice to have several
flat bottomed containers of the same size for
making different batches of gelatin at the same
time, for a science project. I think the
material of the container will make only a
little difference in the time it takes the
gelatin to harden. A heavy glass container
might cool more slowly in the refrigerator
2. You can use any kind of water for the
gelatin. Jello has gelatin, and there's no rule
about what type of water to use. Jello also has
lots of sugar and colors and flavors. It would
be interesting to see what differences you get
with more or less gelatin. For example, how
long does it take gelatin to harden with lot of
gelatin vs. a little gelatin in the water? How
stiff is the gelatin after it hardens? Maybe
you could measure that by seeing how many
quarters you could stack in a tower on the
gelatin before they started falling in.
3. I used to work in the Physics Department
at the University of California at Santa
Barbara, but now I'm retired. I still do a
little work on the origin of life.
4. Here's a web site with gelatin
experiments; the tab labeled 'Background' has
good things to read and include in the
background for your project.
Gel Well: Which Additives Make the Strongest
Gelatin! It's hard to think of another food
that is used as frequently on the dinner
table ... To determine how additives-like acids,
sugars, salt, and milk-affect the ...
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