How can you get a cold drink when you don’t have any in the fridge? Find out how to cool a drink quickly using ice and salt.
How to chill a drink quickly
What you need:
- A metal bowl
- Drink in a glass bottle
- Half fill the bowl with water and ice.
- Place the bottle in the ice.
- Add a handful to salt to the water and stir.
- Watch what happens to the bowl and drink.
You should find your drink gets lovely and cool very quickly!
Why does ice and salt chill a drink so quickly?
The salt lowers the melting temperature of the ice, making the water temperature drop below zero ( freezing point depression ). This means the water in the bowl becomes very cold and absorbs heat from the drink, making it get very cold quickly.
Can you design an experiment as a control condition? Maybe ice and water with no salt??
Can you record the temperature before and after adding the salt?
Does the temperature drop further if you add more salt?
What happens if you use a plastic bottle? Does it work as well?
If you use a smaller drinks container, does it cool faster?
Note: If you use a can be careful when you open it!
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Last Updated on March 29, 2022 by Emma Vanstone