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Why Would Baking Soda And Vinegar Cause A Balloon To Blow Up?

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Katie Harry answered
The reason for that is because vinegar and baking soda react to produce carbon dioxide. Now we know that a gas occupies as much volume as is available to it. So the carbon dioxide produced occupies the space in the balloon. When more gas is produced, it exerts pressure on the sides of the balloon. Since balloons are stretchable, they expand as the amount of gas increases. They keep on expanding as more gas is produced and we witness this as the balloon blows up.

Now, why do vinegar and baking soda give off carbon dioxide. Actually, vinegar is a solution of acetic acid. Baking soda, in chemical terms, is sodium bicarbonate. Now when they react, the following reaction occurs:

NaHCO3 (aq) + CH3COOH (aq) ----> CO2 (g) + H2O (l) + CH3COONa (aq)

This is an acid base reaction.
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When vinegar comes into contact with baking soda, the reaction produces a gas called carbon dioxide.The gas has fast-moving molecules that take up a lot of space and expand-blowing up the balloon.
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Because the vinager and baking soda give off CARBON DIOXIDE
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Because the two different acids together make a gas that needs more room so it explodes
wilbert u can call me sue Profile
Vinegar is high acidic and combined with baking soda, will oxygenize soda breaking it down, and releasing oxygen content in soda causing bubbles.
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I'm quoting some one here so bear with me.

"Vinegar is acetic acid: CH3COOH
Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate: NaHCO3
Mixing the two is simply and acid base reaction.
CH3COOH + NaHCO3 ---> CH3COONa + H2CO3
That last product is carbonic acid which quickly decomposes into
carbon dioxide and water:
H2CO3 ---> H2O + CO2
The CO2 is what you see foaming and bubbling in this reaction."
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It would cause the balloon to inflate because when you put the vinegar into baking soda it causes a chemical reaction witch is the carbon dioxide

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