Mentos Experiment Essay

640 words - 3 pages

MENTOS + SODA = ?

Problem:
Which brand of soda tested spews the most liquid when three Mentos are doped into a 2-liter of each brand? We know that the reaction between Mentos and soda is an explosion, but what we are trying to figure out is which brand causes the biggest reaction.

Hypothesis:
If three Mentos are dropped into a 2-liter of Diet Coke, Diet 7-Up, and Dr Thunder, then the Diet Coke will have the largest reaction to the Mentos.

Materials:
1 pkg. Mint Mentos candies
2-liter Diet Coke
2-liter Diet 7-Up
2-liter Dr. Thunder
1-liter measuring beaker

Procedure:
Unscrew the cap of the first 2-liter bottle of soda your testing.
Immediately drop in three Mint Mentos.
Stand back and wait until soda is done spewing liquid completely. (Do not move/touch soda while it is still spewing. This may change the results of the experiment.)
Pour remaining soda in 1-liter beaker.
Record data.
Repeat process with other two sodas.

Data:
Brand of Soda Milliliters of Soda Left
Diet Coke 610.2
Diet 7-Up 698.5
Dr. Thunder 799.5


Conclusion:
I accept my hypothesis that if three Mentos are dropped into a 2-liter of Diet Coke, Diet 7-Up, and Dr Thunder, then the Diet Coke will have the largest reaction to the Mentos. Since the data stated that only 610.2 mL of soda were left in the Diet Coke as apposed to the 698.5 mL left in the Diet 7-Up, and 799.5 mL left in the Dr. Thunder we have reliable data to support our hypothesis. One thing that I learned from this experiment is that not all types of soda react to Mentos in the same way. This is also true to how we react to things. Different people react the same situation in different ways. Some people are most like Dr. Thunder, and a very small reaction. However, others are more like Diet Coke, and react a...

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