Hot Ice Research Paper

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Every year during winter months, icy surfaces create a dangerous problem for drivers and pedestrians. Icy roads and sidewalks can become very hazardous for travel. A solution must be implemented to mitigate risks associated with winter travel. This problem is relevant to the experiment since I will be testing different methods of melting ice. The solution resulting from the experiment can be used throughout the world to make our roads safer. The literary reviews for this experiment are from two different sources, which both identify problems and potential solutions that relate to this experiment. Virginia’s Road Anti-Icing, Pre-Treatment, and De-Icing article addresses several treatment types, the dangers of black ice, and the different …show more content…
This hypothesis is formed by combining the two literary reviews mentioned in the beginning of this essay. Sugar is being used in this experiment because Doris Kimbrough’s article mentions that sugar is added to some commercial deicing products. However, the sugar in the commercial product is used as a binding agent to keep the deicing solution from melting off of the road. Because sugar is not a primary ingredient as a deicing solution, it is assumed that it will not increase or decrease the melting time and it will mirror the results of the control. The ice will provide a faster melting time due to it changing the property of water and lowering its freezing …show more content…
The use of stoneware to contain the ice kept the water from racing to match room temperature. The stoneware slowed the experiment enough to completely monitor the effects of each independent variable. The sugar did significantly change the physical form of the ice early during the experiment. While this did not as drastic or last as long as the ice, it did show that sugar does have some deicing properties. Additionally, the last observation noted is that the length of time that the solution produced significant physical changes, the shorter the overall melt time. Future experiments could focus on sustaining the time of significant changes instead of focusing on the overall melting

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