January 15, 2009

Brrr Part III: The Science Experiment

As previously noted, the HIGH today was -1 degree. While sitting here NOT studying, I decided to have a little science fun. As the temperature reached an arctic -15 I took a regular cup of tap-water outside to see how long it would take to freeze.

After 20 minutes there was a thin layer of ice on the top:

Then after forty minutes of playing video games doing laundry and reading, I ventured back out into the tundra to see how my little friend was doing.

Almost totally solid. There was some liquid water still sloshing around in the center, but it was certainly frozen. Upon further inspection, it would likely only have taken about another 20 minutes to be totally solid:

Yay Midwest weather!

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