Modern Chemistry Tums By Ali Lebano 5/14/12 5th hour
Production of TUMS 70 giant bags of calcium carbonate and sugar, weighing in at 2,000 pounds each, are delivered to the plant and are mixed with starch and water. A compressor using nearly five tons of force smashes the mix into tablets An air conveyer system sends a steady stream of bottles and caps from one floor in the building right to the line where the bottles are filled Tums are then packed into boxes and sent to distribution facilities around the world http://www.stltoday.com/business/article_a2180d60-5ff8-5b87-95d6-13f37a7f044c.html
Composition of TUMS • Calcium Carbonate (CaCO₃) – main • ingredient • Sucrose/Sugar ( C₁₂H₂₂O₁₁) • Corn Starch/ Amylopectin-Amylose • Mineral Oil • Adipic Acid • Artificial Color • Sodium Polyphosphate (NAPO₃) • http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20061008190808AAw1naQ Amylopectin
Composition Cont. • Elements • Calcium • Hydrogen • Oxygen http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20061008190808AAw1naQ
Operation: How TUMS works TUMS is an antacid, which increases the pH balance in your stomach (which is opposite of a base, so it balances out your stomach). They treat heartburn, gastiritis, and gastroesophagealfeflux disease. TUMS starts working within a few minutes. Heavy and extended use of TUMS may clog your kidneys and cut down the amount of blood they can process and can also cause kidney stones. http://gerd.emedtv.com/antacids/antacids.html
Quiz Questions • What is a TUMS tablet? • What is the main ingredient in TUMS?
Quiz Answers • Antacid • Calcium Carbonate