Bubble Gum Lab Report

Alyssa Carboni
Teacher: Mr. Brown
Block: 1(B)
4 September 2010

What happens to the mass of gum after it has been chewed? Is there a correlation between the mass of gum lost and the type of gum? Why does gum lose its flavor?

    1. If gum is chewed, then the mass will stay the same.
    2. This will happen because mass is determined by the amount of matter, and the amount of matter will remain unchanged after the gum is chewed.

    • Wrigley’s Bubble Gum with the wrapper
    • Trident Bubble Gum with the wrapper
    • Dubble Bubble Gum with the wrapper
    • Pen or Pencil
    • Stopwatch or time tracking utensil
    • Scale (Capable of measuring in grams)
    • Safety equipment

  1. Mass a Wrigley’s piece of gum, including the wrapper. Record.
  2. Chew the gum vigorously for 5 minutes, saving the wrapper.
  3. After being chewed for 5 minutes, wrap it back in the wrapper and mass it again. Record.
  4. Find the difference in mass. Record.
  5. Repeat steps 1-4 for Dubble Bubble and Trident.

    o Beware of bubbles popping, could affect eyes, therefore, use safety goggles.
    o Don’t share pieces of gum with other members.


|Mass of gum including wrapper                                         |Wrigley’s – 2.98g                                                     |
|                                                                       |Dubble Bubble – 7.42g                                                 |
|                                                                       |Trident – 1.84g                                                       |
|Mass of gum including the wrapper after being chewed                   |Wrigley’s – 1.45g                                                     |
|                                                                       |Dubble Bubble – 2.18...