Question: Does Mint actually make things cooler?
Summary: Mint is an herb that is known for creating a light, cooling effect when used in gum, hard candy, breath fresheners and in teas. This experiment is designed to measure any cooling effect that mint has in liquids.
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Package of Regular Mints (Mentos, Tic-Tacs, Altoids, or similar)
2 Glass Measuring Cups or Glass Flasks
Pen and Paper for Taking Notes
- Carefully measure the same amount of water into the two measuring cups. Heat the both cups of water for 1-1/2 minutes in a microwave oven.
- Use the thermometer to take the temperature of both cups of water. Record both on your note paper.
- Place 5 mints in one cup of water and take the temperature again after 30 seconds. Was there a change? Record this temperature.
- Wait 10 minutes, and add 5 more mints to the cup with the mints in it. Record the temperature of both cups of water again.
- Wait 10 more minutes and add 5 more mints to the cup with the mints in it. Record the temperature of both cups of water.
- Use the data you have recorded to answer the question, “Does Mint actually make things cooler?”