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The hypothesis that aluminum foil will be able to keep water cold for a longer period of time is proven to be correct.

Aluminum foil  helps to maintain the temperature of the food by minimizing  the transfer of heat from the food to the surrounding and vice versa. Besides prevented the flow of heat by conduction, the reflective surface of the foil helps to prevent heat loss by radiation - this does not happen for the cling wrap, which does not have an opaque, reflective surface.. Therefore, hot food that is wrapped in aluminum foil will remain hot for a longer period and chilled food that is wrapped in aluminum foil  will take a longer time to thaw.

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Try to repeat this science fair project using different wrapping materials like bubble wrap or wax paper.

The experiment can also be repeated by using hot water and observing the rate at which hot water cools in containers wrapped with aluminum foil and plastic wrap.


Aluminum foil -

Plastic wrap -

Why should aluminum foil not be used to wrap food that is to be frozen? -

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Time required:
1 hour to prepare, 2 hours to perform the science project experiment
Material availability:
Very easily found. You will be able to find most of your materials at a local grocery store/supermarket. If you can't find conical flasks, you can improvise and use 3 large identical mugs
Safety concerns:

Basic safety requirements