Nails Essay

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Will soft drinks dissolve a steel nail? By: Alexis Arms Abstract Is a can of soda strong enough to dissolve a steel nail in only four days? The purpose of this experiment is to test whether phosphoric acid, found in soda, can dissolve a nail or if it’s just a fictitious story. The reason I was interested in this topic is because my father once told me that the phosphoric acid in a can of soda was strong enough to dissolve a steel nail. I searched for answers on the internet but found out that people were on both sides of the fence. The only way to find out the real answer was to test it myself. I started with nine, 1″ steel nails. I went to my local super market and bought seven different types of soda. I labeled each of the seven glasses and poured 4 ounces of soda in each. I placed one nail in each glass and waited twenty-fours before checking on it again. Every twenty-four hours I would pull the nails out of the glass record my results. In conclusion, a can of soda is not strong enough to dissolve a steel nail. The only effect the soda had on the nails was a difference in color and a slight difference in texture. Table of Contents Introduction………………………………………………………………………………….1 Materials and Methods……………………………………………………………………....2-3 Discussion……………………………………………………………………………………4-5 Conclusion…………………………………………………………………………………...6 Bibliography…………………………………………………………………………………7 Introduction On average, forty-eight percent of Americans drink 2.6 glasses per day. Besides sugar and caffeine, phosphoric acid is a major component found in soda. What is phosphoric acid and why is it in our carbonated drinks? Phosphoric acid is a clear colorless liquid produced from the phosphorous mineral that is found in every cell of the body. Phosphoric acid gives cola it’s ‘bite’, just like the citric acid found in lemons. For this reason, manufactures use the acid

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