Volume 2, 2018
|Number of page(s)||11|
|Published online||20 August 2018|
Method to mix tea with honey and use of transient light attenuation as an indicator of homogeneity
Universidade Federal do ABC – 5001, Avenida dos Estados,
Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Accepted: 25 April 2018
We built a magnetic stirrer to mix tea and honey and developed a method to determine the homogeneity of the mixture based on the variation of light intensity of a laser beam with time due to its scattering by the mixture. The addressed problem was that of mixing tea and honey as fast as possible with a power limitation of one single 1.5 V battery, following the statement of Problem 15 of the 9th International Physicists’ Tournament. The influence of temperature and honey concentration on the total time of mixing was studied through the performance of several experiments reported here. In the best configuration of parameters, the total mixture occurs in less than 2 s, while in the worst configuration, the time necessary reaches 10 s. Results validate the magnetic stirrer as a proper device for mixing tea with honey and light attenuation as an excellent physical property for investigating the homogeneity of the mixture of the honey in tea. Supplementary investigations were made exploring the influence of adding sugar and or a slice of lemon to the tea.
Key words: Light scattering / magnetic stirrer
© H. Ferreira et al., Published by EDP Sciences, 2018
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