Advanced PlacementCollege / Chemistry

Analysis of Food Dyes in Sports Drinks

Students use a colorimeter to quantify the amount of food dye in a sports drink.

This lab is an introduction to spectroscopy. The correlation between absorbance and transmittance of color in food dyes is emphasized as is the use of the Beer-Lambert Law for quantitation of food dye content in sports drinks.


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Standards Correlations

IB Topics AP Topics
1.5; A.8 SAP-8.A; SAP-8.C

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Analysis of Food Dyes in Sports Drinks