I hope you have all had a great time at the Nestle Family Summer Block Party! I know I have loved checking out all the great summer tips from participating bloggers!
On this last day of the party, I thought I would leave you will one final backyard science experiment you can try with the kids. This lesson in density of liquids can be found at the Science is Fun website!
Several unopened cans of regular soda of different varieties, several unopened cans of diet soda of different varieties, a large aquarium/sink/ice chest, and water.
Fill the aquarium or sink almost to the top with water. Place a can of regular soda into the water. Make sure that no air bubbles are trapped under the can when you place it in the water. Does it sink or float? Repeat the experiment with a can of diet soda. Does it sink or float?
Why does one can sink, and the other can float?
The cans of soda have exactly the same volume, or size. But their density differs due to what is dissolved in the soda. Regular soda contains sugar as a sweetener. If you look at the nutrition facts on a can of regular soda, you will notice that it contains sugar…a lot of sugar. In some cases a 12 ounce can of regular soda will contain over 40 grams of sugar. Diet sodas, on the other hand, use artificial sweeteners such as aspartame. These artificial sweeteners may be hundreds of times sweeter than sugar, which means that less than a few grams of artificial sweetener is used in a can of diet soda. The difference in the amount of dissolved sweeteners leads to a difference in density. Cans of regular soda tend to be more dense than water, so they sink. Cans of diet soda are usually less dense than water, so they float.
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