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The Relationship between Salinity and TemperatureScience project video

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  1. Prepare three large jars or beakers with water and label the jars A, B, and C. Dissolve enough salt in the water of each jar until the hydrometer indicates a salinity of 1.024-1.025 (This measurement refers to the gravity or relative density of the water, a measure of the water's density. Some hydrometers have a corresponding salinity measurement, which should be 28-35 ppt. Both are equivalent measurements, and you may use either one.
  2. Record the salinity of the water in each jar, on a sheet of paper.
  3. Set jar A in a safe place and let it sit for five days at room temperature.
  4. For jar B: You will place an aquarium heater into the jar. In doing so, it is important to follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer. When the the aquarium heater is postioned in the jar, set it at 80 degrees fahrenheit (27 degrees C). Maintain the temperature for five days.
  5. For jar C: Place the jar in the refrigerator for five days. The temperature within the refrigerator should typically be at 35-38 degrees Fahrenheit (2-3 degrees Celsius .).
  6. At the end of five days, check the salinity for all three jars.
  7. What changes can you observe in the water salinity for each of the three jars?
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    This science project requires an electric aquarium heater and water.