Does the Shape of an Ice Cube Affect How Quickly it Melts?

States of Matter Chemistry Science Fair ProjectAs Christine, Selah Junior High School student, watched the ice cubes in her soft drink melt she wondered if the shape of an ice cube affects the rate at which it melts. Specifically, if you keep the volume of the cube constant, how does surface area affect how quickly the it melts? She hypothesized that the smaller the surface area and the less ice exposed to the warmer liquid/air, the slower the ice cube would melt {and vice versa}. She designed a science fair project to test it and did a great job putting it all together! For those students interested in thermodynamics and chemistry, this is a great project to check out!

For an informational write-up of the project - background research, list of materials, step-by-step procedure, etc. - be sure to visit Christine's project page!

 

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