Ice Cube Towers
Students use changes of state to create chilly architecture.
Salt lowers the freezing point of water. As it dissolves, the ice melts around each grain of salt. As a result, the ice is unevenly eaten away, forming a pitted, non-skid surface. This is why salt is used to melt ice on roads and walkways.
The salty water also re-freezes on the surface of the ice cubes, joining them together. This happens because the insides of the ice cubes are much colder than the freezing point of water. They are cold enough to draw heat out of the newly melted water and it re-freezes.
This is a recommended post-visit activity for a field trip to Science World at TELUS World of Science.
Students will be able to:
- Investigate the interactions of liquids and solids.
- Investigate changes of state.