fiftieth episode celebration with two enjoyable, winter-themed science experiments

BISMARCK, N.D. (KFYR) – Meteorologist Jacob Morse’s Morse Code of Climate phase on First Information at 4 every Wednesday has reached 50 episodes!

To have a good time, Jody, Kevin and Jacob did some enjoyable, winter-themed science experiments! The primary one known as “Fishing for Ice.”

Supplies Wanted: Salt, string, scissors, a glass of water and ice cubes

Directions: Fill a glass principally full with chilly water and add an ice dice. Sprinkle some salt onto the highest of the ice dice, then place one finish of the string on the ice dice and add some extra salt on prime. Watch out to not be too aggressive when pouring the salt onto the ice dice or else it’ll spin and flip round within the water. Press down the string a bit onto the highest of the ice dice to make sure that it’ll adhere. Wait a full minute or two for the string to freeze to the ice dice, then slowly raise the string and the ice dice ought to stick and are available together with it!

Science: While you add salt to the ice dice, it lowers the melting level of the ice. It is because salt molecules block water molecules from packing collectively when the temperature is lowered, stopping them from turning into ice. It’s the identical precept as to why highway salt is used to soften snow on our roadways. The salt makes the ice soften even when the temperature is beneath water’s regular freezing level of 32 levels. The water that types from the melting of the ice dice in our glass dilutes the water and salt resolution, which then permits the freezing level to return up. This enables the water to refreeze over the string after which we will choose the ice dice up by the string.

The second experiment known as “Salt Snowflakes.”

Supplies Wanted: Cardstock paper or snowflake portray template printouts, water, meals coloring, bowl, salt, pipette and glue

Directions: Draw a snowflake or print out one of many templates, then outlines your snowflake with glue. Generously pour salt on the glue and shake the surplus salt off right into a bowl. Let it dry for somewhat bit, then combine water and meals coloring into a special bowl and use the pipette to slowly put the meals coloring-water combination onto the salt. Watch because the salt absorbs the liquid and your snowflake turns into colourful!

Science: Salt is nice for absorbing and it absorbs water as a result of each NaCl (salt) and H2O (water) molecules are polar. This implies they’ve constructive and unfavorable expenses on reverse sides. And never solely does the salt take up the liquid water, but in addition the water vapor within the air making it hygroscopic. A hygroscopic substance is one which absorbs water from the atmosphere. Tiny sea salt particles within the environment can act like cloud condensation nuclei, which water vapor molecules use to condense on at the start levels of a cloud. Moreover, this experiment reminds us that snowflakes have six sides, however there are various various kinds of snowflakes relying on the cloud temperature at which they type at. Probably the most pristine snowflakes are known as “dendrites.”

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