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     • You can be a Scientist
     • Water in Food
     • Salt vs. Fresh Water

Fresh Water vs. Salt Water

How can you tell the difference between salt water and fresh water? Try the experiment below and find out.

You will need:
  • 1 egg
  • 1 glass of water
  • 12 tablespoons of salt

Begin the experiment:

1. Fill a glass with water until it is half full.
2. Put the egg in the glass. What happens? Does it sink or float?
3. Now add the salt, one tablespoon at a time. Watch what happens to the egg.

Making discoveries:

1. The egg sinks in fresh water. Why do you think that happens?
2. As salt is added to the water, the egg starts to float to the top.
3. The salt makes the water denser. The denser a liquid is, the more likely it is that an object will float in it.

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