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Hi! My name is Haley and I am 11 years old. I am having trouble finding out exactly how bath fizzies fizz. I know that baking soda is a base and that citric acid is and acid and that when I mix the two together with water, they fizz. I also know that a water molecule is 2 hydrogen atoms and 1 oxygen atom. What I don't know is what happens to the water molecule when I add the baking soda and citric acid. Does the water molecule change to have more hydrogen atoms attached to it or do I have different kinds of molecules in the bowl or do they all turn into only one kind of molecule? My mom said that carbon dioxide makes the fizz, so do I have water molecules and carbon dioxide molecules in my bowl? Also, I would like to know if it would be safe to mix the baking soda and citric acid in other liquids besides water. I would like to see what happens when I mix them in milk, vinegar, and lemon juice but my mom said I better ask if it is safe so I don't make a dangerous mixture. Thank you very much for your help. If you would like, I can send you one of the bath fizzies that my mom and I made tonight. They are really cool. Your friend, Haley Kincannon
Re: What happens to the water molecules when I add Baking Soda and Citric Acid?
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