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The results show that gasoline produced the biggest increase in the temperature of the water, while bioethanol showed the smallest rise in the water temperature. The diesel fuel burned for the longest period while the gasoline fuel burned out the fastest.

Fuel Type Bioethanol Kerosene Diesel Gasoline
Burning Time (seconds) 63 69 89 41
Temperature rise (° C) 36.5 44.5 42 46.5
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1 hour for preparation, 1 hour for experiment
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Easily available. However, access to a laboratory is required for this experiment
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Take great care when lighting flammable liquids. Conduct experiment in the presence of a qualified adult supervisor. Keep a fire extinguisher on standby, and perform the experiment in a laboratory.