ybarrie
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Growing sugar crystals

Postby ybarrie » Thu Sep 06, 2018 1:15 pm

I'm working on a science project for 5th grade. We want to see if sugar crystals grow faster in tap, distilled or seltzer water, assuming same amount of water and sugar are used. However, all instructions I'm reading about this project use boiling water. Do we have to boil all 3 types of water for this project or can we can do it without boiling water?

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Re: Growing sugar crystals

Postby clur_v » Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:32 pm

Hello, I have linked to two articles. The first is the science buddies link to a similar project and the second is to an exploratorium page which provides a brief explanation as to why/how the sugar crystalizes onto the string.

It is not entirely necessary to boil the water as some of the crystallization is a result of water evaporation, however a larger amount of sugar will build up on the string if the water is boiled because it can then contain more sugar (which will precipitate/fall out into the water). So the short answer is you should probably boil the water, and the long answer is that it is perhaps not necessary — but I wouldn't bank on it working. It would be interesting to try if you have time for a jar of water to fully evaporate, but if not, I would recommend boiling them all.

https://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project-ideas/FoodSci_p005/cooking-food-science/growing-rock-candy-crystals#summary

https://www.exploratorium.edu/cooking/candy/rock-pop.html

I hope this helps! Claire

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Re: Growing sugar crystals

Postby Jones1408 » Tue Sep 18, 2018 7:56 am

Its all can happen only if you boil water. If instruction says it, you should do it with all 3 types of water


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