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Do sodas conduct electricity?



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This is an interesting question, but since I have never dropped a hair dryer into a can of soda, I really do not know for sure. However, my guess is that soda DOES conduct electricity. My reasoning for this is as follows. In order to conduct electricity a solution must contain dissolved ions. These ions (or electrolytes) allow the electric current to move through the solution. Some solutions do not conduct very well since the concentrations of ions are low. Others conduct very well. Soda has carbonation which is just carbon dioxide dissolved in water. When carbon dioxide is dissolved in water a weak acid system is created in which carbonic acid (h2co3), bicarbonate ion (hco3+), and carbonate ion (co3++) exist in solution. (There are also other things dissolved in there which probably contribute too). The presence of these ion forms, as well as others, will allow an applied current to pass through the solution, although it will probably be somewhat weak.

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