This printable education experiment contains a detailed teachers' guide, 2-page student information sheet, and single-page student question worksheet for printing and distributing in the classroom.

Age Level

This experiment is designed for ages 14-18. It can be adapted for ages 10-13.


Chemical reactions, chemistry, science as inquiry and data analysis.


  1. 1. To demonstrate the Law of Conservation of Matter.
  2. 2. To dispel common misconceptions about combustion reactions.
  3. 3. To have students analyze data that has been collected using laboratory equipment (balances).


THE BURNING QUESTION - A Conservation of Matter Experiment (PDF)