We wanted to know what things will rust and why. Citric acid from the lemon serves as an antioxidant in our experiment. You can also see that as a fruit ripens, it turns brown when exposed to oxygen. The apple I the lemon juice didn’t oxidize because it had more vitamins and an antioxidant that reduce the percentage of the apple becoming brown. Then we will see an apple turning brown. voltage drives a chemical reaction), called oxidation and reduction (redox) reactions. The oxidation process is also what causes metals to rust. Cut three little pieces of the apple. You can do a taste test of ripe and unripe fruit to assay the sweetness of the fruit. Ascorbic acid works because oxygen will react with it before it reacts with the polyphenol oxidase enzyme in the fruit. This is because of oxidation that occurs on the surface of the fruit. Fruit batteries use electrolytes (solution containing free ions, like salt water or lemon juice) to generate a voltage. We investigated whether lemon juice stops apples from turning brown in the experiment above. You can reduce browning by slowing oxidation in three different ways. The amount of time it took for each variety of apple to turn brown. Controlled experiment Materials: 3 plastic containers 1 apple Water Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) 1. What physiological changes accompany fruit ripening? 1) Cook the apples 2) reduce the exposure to oxygen or 3) reduce the pH of the fruit. Oxidation robs the fruit of flavor, color, and vitamins. Enzymes in the fruit (like polyphenol oxidase) make this process go faster. MATERIALS NEEDED FOR AN APPLE OXIDATION EXPERIMENT: When electrons are transferred between molecules, it’s a redox process. Why not extend the learning and compare different ways to prevent cut apples from browning. Plus we measured which ones rusted the quickest! All acids slow down the process of oxidation because of their low pH. How to Do the Rust Oxidation Experiment: My kids gathered a bunch of different metal objects from around the house. In the experiment outlined by Ms DNA (which is a good one; I would go with it), your independent variable would what substance you coated the fruit with, and will have three levels: Lemon Juice, vinegar, water (water being the control). In the first container put one piece of the apple 3. Testing both salted and unsalted apple slices allowed us to prove this. 2. We did a rust oxidation experiment this week that was really fun to watch. Hypothesis: We believe that if we add Vitamin C to a fruit, it could slow down the oxidation of the fruit. Being in contact with salt slows the browning rate of apples by slowing the oxidation process. This experiment involves dipping slices of apple in a variety of substances. This was the variable being measured and tested in the experiment. 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