Solution Fluency

( In class we talked about how we can solve problem using the 6 D’s. Below I will show how to use and apply them in your everyday queries and experiments.)

DEFINE: Our challenge was to experiment 5 different pills, drop them in a solution/liquid and see which would dissolve first. We had the choice to use several ingredients such as: hydrochloric acid, vinegar, baking soda, orange juice and water in order to simulate the stomach. Our goal was to see if we could get the Advil Liquid Gel Capsules to dissolve first since they are proven to be the fastest dissolving pills out there. We decided to make two comparisons: the first liquid solution which was made of orange juice and heated to 37 degrees celsius (body temp.) and the second liquid solution which was made of hydrochloric acid and heated to body temperature as well.

DISCOVER: Some of the questions we asked ourselves were:

  1. How can we make our liquid solution ressemble our stomach?
  2. What aspects can we incorporate to dissolve the pills?
  3. What is the part in our body that makes the pills dissolve?
  4. How does our body take in the medicine in the pills.

After researching and sharing our information the answers we found are:

How can we make our liquid solution resemble our stomach?

  • Add a base or acid. Our stomach has a lot of acids that break down pills and food which extract the medicine from inside.

What aspects can we incorporate to dissolve the pills?

  • Something we need to incorporate is heat as well as a similar ph level. Heat is important because sometimes when we take a pill we have a fever, which means that it might dissolve easier in a higher temperature. Ph levels are important because we have may acids in our body which helps with breaking down pills.

What is the part in our body that makes the pills dissolve?

  • Ph levels can break down the pills so that they are absorbed through our bloodstream which makes it faster, so that you don’t have to wait for the medicine to be absorbed through your intestines.

How does our body take in the medicine in the pills.

  • Some pills are absorbed through our bloodstream and reach our brain and some are just absorbed in our intestines.

DELIVER:

The pills: Aspirin, Tylenol, No Name, Advil Liquid Gels, Motrin (In order from left to right.)

This is a chart of the different times it took for each pill to dissolve in which of the solutions (whether it be in the orange juice or hydrochloric acid.)

Pill

Liquid

Time

Aspirin

Hydrochloric Acid

59.07 seconds

Tylenol

Hydrochloric Acid

1:16 minutes

No Name Gel

Hydrochloric Acid

1:30 minutes

Motrin

Hydrochloric Acid

2:12 minutes

Motrin

Orange Juice

2:49 minutes

Tylenol

Orange Juice

3:07minutes

Aspirin

Orange Juice

3:31 minutes

No Name Gel

Orange Juice

4:12 minutes

Advil Liquid Gels

Hydrochloric Acid

18:00+ minutes

Advil Liquid Gels

Orange Juice

18:00+ minutes

In conclusion the Aspirin dissolved first from the other pills in the hydrochloric acid, in just under 60 seconds. While on the other hand, the Advil Liquid Gel Capsules dissolved last in both of the liquids.

Below are some pictures of the process of our experiment:

 

DEBRIEF: Overall, this experiment was pretty successful. We managed to make solutions that dissolved the majority of the pills. The only thing I would say that needs to be worked on and improved is the dissolution of the Advil Liquid Gels. We need to take all of the aspects of the body/stomach and incorporate them in our solutions. For an example next time we should add a base, such as baking soda to our liquid. Also, we should take count that when the pill travels down our oesophagus, it gets tossed and shaken. We should consider stirring the liquid with the pill inside, which may provoke the dissolution faster. Like mentioned above, the Advil Liquid Gels were the only pill that didn’t dissolve. I think that next time the experiment should focus more on how the AdvilLiquid Gels dissolve rather than all of the other pills. Aside from these specific improvements, the experiment very smoothly and everyone helped/participated. Everyone had their own responsibilities which were later combined together to find our results.

One thought on “Solution Fluency

  1. This is an amazing post. Your reflection is very thorough. I really like how you included a table of your results with different coloured fonts. Your media works very well with your message. You also did a great job debriefing your product and process. Well done!

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