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Help Please!!

Postby dainanelson73 » Wed Oct 24, 2012 2:06 pm

My daughter is doing the Determining Iodide Content of Salt and we need help ASAP!! She did the experiment correctly but when she started doing the other salts, Kosher, Sea Salt, Salt Substitute, there was no detectable iodine in none of the samples. Does she need to use more hydrogen peroxide and vinegar in these samples or more starch? She is confused and I am as well. The project is due Monday. Do we need to use another variation? Please help. I have spent money on these salts and really want her to see this project through.

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Project Question: My daughter is doing the science fair experiment Determining the Content of Iodide. We are having some trouble. When she is testing different kinds of salt other then the standard Table Iodized Salt, the color does not change. Is she suppose to use the starch solution or the iodide solution to get a reaction (color)?
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Re: Help Please!!

Postby edneu3 » Thu Oct 25, 2012 8:37 am


I think what your daughter has here is a successful science experiment. Iodine does not naturally occur in most salts. It is something that is added to "iodized" salt to promote better health. See this site for more information: ... se-in-salt

The results your daughter got are probably accurate. One thing she can do is study the FDA labels that should be on the packages of purchased salt to see if the manufacturer has iodized their products. If she sees that one product is iodized, but her experiment did not detect any iodine, then the experiment is not ruined. Your daughter just needs to sit and think about why she got her results, from what she knows about the basic research she did as part of her project. Getting negative results in scientific experiments is part of the process. When we get negative results, we are forced to ask ourselves why and then go correct the error we made, which might be an experimental error or maybe it's an error in our hypothesis.

These science projects are always educational experiences for us all.
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