Our experiment is designed to determine if white candles burn at a faster or slower rate than colored candles. . Simultaneously, we also included a candle made of beeswax. This beeswax candle was included to see if a natural beeswax candle would burn faster or slower quicker than the synthetic paraffin wax candle. We will use candles of the same size and shape and manufactured by the same company. They will be lighted at the same time and the temperature of the room will not change. The only difference between the candles is the color. This can help reduce the variables in the procedure.
First we gathered five taper candles, one white, one green, one beige, one blue and one gold all made by the same company and all the same height.
Then we gathered a tapered candle made of beeswax the color of which was beige, it also was the same height and made by the same company
Then we drew markings on the candle at equal distances with sharpie to mark how far the candle burned over time.
We trimmed all wicks to the same height. The candles were each placed in multiples of the same candle holders.
We lit the candles simultaneously, with help from others.
Finally, we observed and recorded the results when the candles burned to their respective lines.
The white candles burned slightly faster than did the colored candles. We think this probably happened because the white candles are more natural. This conclusion did not match our hypothesis.
Do white candles burn faster than colored ones? We hypothesize that the colored candles will burn faster than the white one because the colored candles contain more chemicals. The white candle is more natural and contains fewer chemicals. The independent variable is the color of the candle. The dependent variable is the rate at which each candle burns. The control is that all candles are from the same manufacturer, and all are measured at equal intervals and are burned simultaneously.
We would like to thank Mrs. Raiford for purchasing our candles and Mrs. Mills for hosting our experiment.
A candle is a piece of wax with a wick embedded inside. The type of candle we used was made of paraffin wax. Paraffin is a petroleum byproduct created when oil is refined into gasoline. It is a white odorless solid that is the most commonly used wax for candle making. High Melt Point paraffin, which is used to hold the structure of taper candles, has a melting point greater than 130 degrees Fahrenheit, or 54 degrees Celsius. . The beeswax candle is a natural wax produced in the beehive of honey bees. The wax is made by the secretion of worker bees When the wick of a candle is lit, the flame travels down towards the wax of the candle. The melted pool of wax fuels the flame after being absorbed by the wick. When researching whether its color affected the burning rate of candles, we found that the results of other experiments varied greatly. In one experiment, a white, red, blue, orange, and green candle was tested. In this instance, the white candle took the longest time to burn. It reached its final marker 20 minutes after the first colored candle. The result of this experiment supports our hypothesis, that a colored candle will be the fastest to burn. In another experiment, using yellow, blue, white, pink, and green birthday candles, the white candle was neither the fastest nor slowest to burn. It came right in the middle. This result neither supports nor disproves our hypothesis. In the experiments we researched, each experiment used candles that were the same in size, style and manufacturer, to eliminate variables. . In the beeswax versus the paraffin wax experiment our hypothesis was proven to be false. The beeswax did not melt quicker than the paraffin wax candle.