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Does Mint Actually Cool Things

Down?

Zulema Solis
Course: 214-1003

Problem/Question
Does mint, known for its cooling effect, really lower

temperatures, or is it just a sensation?

Hypothesis:
Mint is a flowering herb, there are many different

types of mints.
Grow in cool, moist and shade areas
My Hypothesis: I dont think a Mentos Candy can
make any changes in water temperature.

Materials:
Pack of regular mints (Altoids, Tic-Tac, Mentos, etc.)
2 glasses of hot water
Thermometer
Pen and paper for notes

Procedures:
Get a glass of hot water and take the temperature with a

thermometer. Record temperature.


Add 5 mints to the hot water and take temperature. Was
there any change?
Add 5 more mints at a time and take note if there is any
changes. Continue monitoring for 30 minutes.
Use the other glass a reference. Water cools on its own
overtime and it good to see the temperature difference.
Its not about time but check to see if mints had anything
with speeding the water temperature.
Record your results? Did you see any changes?

Procedures cont.

Change in Temperature Effect


Initial
Temperature

5 minutes

10 minutes

15 minutes

20 minutes

25 minutes

Mint Water

125

125

125

122

120

118

Control Water

125

125

125

125

122

120

Results:
After concluding my experiment, I was able to tell that the water temperature did

change slowly after adding the mints. The water temperature did not change right away
as I thought it would but gradually did over the 30 minute period.
Mentos has other additives and it is not natural product, therefore it is not possible to
make a true fact that mint does work.
My question is: would it work best if natural mint leaves where use instead of mint

candy?

Reference:
Does Mint Actually Cool Things Down? (n.d.).

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