Can soda conduct electricity?
Date: Before 1993
Do sodas conduct electricity?
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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