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Does Mint Actually Cool Things Down?

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Olivia Pruitt

on 12 November 2013

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Does Mint Actually Cool Things Down?

Olivia Pruitt

7th Grade

I hypothesize that if I put 5 mints in a glass of water, that in five-minutes time, it will have cooled that water down at least 1 degree more than the other glass of water.
hot water
Material List
pack of regular mints
2 glasses of hot water
pen and paper for notes
1. Get a glass of hot water and take the temperature with a thermometer. Record this.
2. Place 5 mints in the glass of hot water and take the temperature again. Was there a change?
3. Place more mints in the glass of water 5 at a time, and record whether you see any change at all. You should monitor it for 30 minutes.
Purpose of Project
Many people enjoy the light, fresh taste of mint. Mint-flavored gum, breath fresheners, and hard candies often advertise that mint has a cooling effect, and use images of frost and ice to demonstrate this sensation. But is this sensation a result of mint actually lowering temperatures?

The purpose of my project is to see if mints actually cool things down, by putting 5 mints at a time, in a glass of hot water.
Procedures (cont.)
4. The other glass of hot water is to be used as a reference. This is because we know that water cools over time and we want to make sure that if there is any change in temperature, it is not independent of time, but the mints speeding up the cooling process.
5. Record your results. Any changes?
Data Table
In this experiment, I determined whether mints actually cooled objects down. My hypothesis stated that if I put 5 mints in a glass of hot water, that in five-minutes time, it would've cooled the water down 1 degree more than the normal glass of water.

The data that I collected does not support my hypothesis. Mint does not actually cool things down, it is just a mere sensation.
<-- The mints and thermometer that I used!
The minty water glass is on the left, and the normal on the right.
After 10 minutes.
After 15 minutes.
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