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1 Does the temperature of water effect how fast the water freezes and does a lid make the freezing process faster? Aim: To find out if what temperature water will freeze the fastest. Secondly whether a lid over the water will increase the freezing process? Hypothesis: I think hotter water will freeze faster than the colder water. The freezing process will be slower with a lid covering the water. Background Research: Hotter water freezes faster than colder water in some circumstances. This phenomenon is called the Mpemba effect. This effect is named after Erasto Mpemba when, in 1963 when he was in Secondary School, he observed hot ice cream mix froze before the cold ice cream mix. One reason to explain this effect is evaporation. Evaporation happens when a liquid substance becomes a gas. When water is heated, it evaporates. The molecules move and vibrate so quickly that they escape into the atmosphere as molecules of water vapour. Boiling hot water will evaporate quickly as steam. The water level decreases as it evaporates. This reduction in water mass also helps the freezing process. Many factors affect how evaporation happens. If the air is already clogged, or saturated, with other substances, there won t be enough room in the air for liquid to evaporate quickly. When the humidity is %, the air is completely saturated with water. No more water can evaporate. Another reason that may explain the Mpemba effect is because the hotter water freezes at a faster rate, icicles form quickly with a frost layer on top and this cools the surrounding water. Materials: Quiche Tray Measuring cup Milk foaming thermometer 8 medicine cups Base of Quiche tray for a lid

2 Method: 1. Three starting water temperatures: a. Tap water (17 degrees Celsius) b. Warm water ( 5 degrees Celsius) c. Hot water (7 degrees Celsius) 2. Pour 3ml of the hot water into each medicine cup. Straight away place the medicine cups on a quiche tray and then place in freezer. 3. After minutes take the tray out of the freezer and measure the temperature of the water in each cup. Put back in freezer. 4. After another minutes take the tray out of the freezer and measure the temperature of the water in each cup. Put back in freezer. 5. After another minutes take the tray out of the freezer and measure the temperature of the water in each cup. 6. Repeat steps 2-5 for the different temperatures. 7. Repeat steps 2-6 with a quiche base covering the top of the medicine cups. Me measuring the temperature of the water Me putting a cover on the medicine cups.

3 Results: Temperature Measurements (degrees Celius) NO COVER COVERED Starting Temp After mins After mins test test test test test test test test test test test test test test test test Average Difference % change 35.29% 65.% 72.68% 3.15% 51.5% 52.32% After 2mins After 2mins test test test test test test test test test test test test test test test test Average Difference % change 59.9% 27.86% 76.47% 61.5% 42.27% 47.19% After 3mins After 3mins test1 4 2 test test2 2 2 test test3 4 3 test test4 3 2 test test5 2 2 test test6 3 3 test test test test8 4 3 test Average Average Difference % change 3.56% 19.8% 44.44% 21.62% 27.68% 17.2%

4 Uncovered Graphs Key: Green is 7 degrees Red is 5 degrees and Blue is 17 degrees After minutes After 2 minutes After 3 minutes

5 Covered Graphs After minutes After 2 minutes After 3 minutes

6 Conclusion: My results for the uncovered tests demonstrated the Mpemba effect and the 7 degree Celsius water cooled the fastest. With the covered tests the results didn t show the Mpemba effect and the tap water cooled the fastest. This experiment demonstrated the Mpemba effect at the 2 minute interval. For the uncovered tests hot water cooled so fast that it was cooler than the warm water and the temperature was about the same as the tap water. In fact after 3 minutes the hot water froze the most. At 2 minutes I observed icicles forming with in the cups which had the hot water. After ten minutes: For the uncovered cups the temperatures of the hot water dropped the most, (72%), followed by the warm water, (65%). The tap water only dropped by 35%. This means it dropped by half as much as the hot water. However when the water was covered the temperatures didn t drop as much. Hot and warm water only dropped by approximately 5% and tap water dropped by 3%. For both covered and uncovered the tap water was the coldest. After twenty minutes: For the uncovered cups the hot water temperature dropped significantly again. The temperature reduced by 76%. Tap water dropped 59%, a faster rate than after minutes. The warm water slowed its freezing rate dramatically - it only reduced its temperature by 27%. When the water was covered the hot water temperature did not drop as much as when it was uncovered. The opposite happened to the other two test - they cooled down faster than when uncovered. After thirty minutes: For the uncovered cups the temperatures continue to fall but at a slower rate for all three tests. The hot water was still dropping at the fastest rate. After 3 minutes the hot water was the coldest. It averaged 2.5 degrees Celsius. The tap water was 3 degrees Celsius and the warm water was degrees Celsius. For the covered cups the temperatures continued to fall but at a slower rate as well. This time the hot water was dropping at the slowest rate. After 3 minutes the tap water was the coldest. It averaged 3.6 degrees Celsius. The warm water was degrees Celsius and the hot water was 14 degrees Celsius. This experiment also demonstrated that evaporation affects freezing. The freezing rate of the hot water with a cover on top was slower and after 3 minutes it had only cooled down to 14 degrees Celsius. Evaporation is one of the causes of the Mpemba effect. This experiment shows with no lid hot water quickly freezes because of a lot of evaporation while with a lid on the temperature cools a lot slower. There are a few faults with my method. The first one is the position in the freezer. The cups placed near the back of the freezer were colder. This means my averages were affected because of the cold temperatures at the back. This would explain the variance in across the 8 cups. With the equipment I had it was hard to measure at freezing point. I could not measure temperature when it is a solid because I had a liquid thermometer. I did not measure change in volume so I could not confirm the theory that the less water there is the quicker it will freeze. This investigation could be extended to test other variations such as Starting temperature being higher and lower. Different volumes of water in each cup The effects of different insulators

7 References: Acknowledgements I would like to thank Mrs Rao our Science teacher for helping me along the way. I would also like to thank my Mum for helping me with the Excel Spread sheet and proof reading my work. Last, but not least, I thank my family and friends for moral support. 214 Log Book for Science Investigation th April- We receive the science investigation. 5 th May- I had heard that cold water freezes faster than hot water so I start investigating how this could be so. 8 th May- I ask Mrs Rao, my Science teacher, if my idea is okay. 9 th May- I trial how I can test my idea. I found that I can t measure ice because I have a liquid thermometer and ice is solid. So the coldest starting temperature was 17 degrees Celsius. I also found out a cup of water is too much volume for testing so then I try an ice-cube tray. The problem with this is that it was not a great way to test many samples and separate little medicine cups were better. I also found out that I could not measure degrees Celsius because it started cooling as soon as you poured it. So I changed the starting temperature for the hottest water to be 7 degrees Celsius. th May- Based on my trials I form a basic method. 11 th May- I do some research about my idea. 15 th May- I find out about the Mpemba effect. 16 th May- I complete my Aim and Method. 17 rd May- I submit my Aim and Method to Mrs Rao via Edmodo. 2 th May- I make a Hypothesis based on my research. 22 nd May- I do another trial to perfect my method. 23 rd May- I make sure I have covered every step in my method. 26 th May- I extend my experiment to test whether a cover or no cover makes a difference. I read on a website that evaporation was a main factor of the Mpemba Effect and I wanted to see if hot water would still freeze faster than cold water. 7 th June -I start my experiments for 17 degrees Celsius and 5 degrees Celsius. For each test there are 8 uncovered medicine cups. 8 th June -I continue my experiments for 7 degrees Celsius with no cover on.

8 14 th June- I do the tests for 17 degrees and 5 degrees Celsius with a cover on. 15 th June- I do tests for 7 degrees Celsius with a cover on. 17 th June- All my results are on paper so I put them on an Excel Spread Sheet. 18 th June- I do all my calculations and ask Mum to help me do them on Excel. 22 nd June- I write my conclusion based on my results. 23 rd June -I complete my conclusion by considering how I could make the investigation better, what were the difficulties in carrying out the investigation and what else could be tested. 24 th June- I submit my investigation to Mrs Rao. 26 th June -I resubmit it with some changes as recommended by Mrs Rao.

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