The Ice Melting Experiment

IMG_6594.JPG Early this year Alex started asking about ice. Where does it come from? What happens to it when it melts? etc. So one Sunday morning when it was so cold outside even the Hoth monster that ate Luke's Tauntaun thought better than to come outside we decided to do an experiment.

We started with the question: Which melts first, ice inside the house or ice outside the house?

We came up with a hypothesis: The Ice outside will melt faster than the ice inside. Keep in mind Alex is way to young to be allowed to watch The Empire Strikes Back, so its understandable the Tauntaun reference was lost on him.

We even wrote up a protocol:
  1. In two clean glass cups place 3 cubes of ice each.
  2. Label one glass "inside" and one glass "outside"
  3. Put the "inside" glass on the window sill inside the house.
  4. Put the "outside" glass outside on the back deck.
  5. Wait 30 minutes.
  6. Take a picture of both glasses and compare their meltiness.
  7. Repeat the previous two steps until one of the glasses of ice melts.
After about 2 hours it was clear that our hypothesis was flawed. We'll have to try it again in the summer. The following video shows Alex's rather nontraditional conclusion to our experiment.