By: Brandon Shillady and Sean Stull. Mentos + Carbonated Beverage = ?. The Big Myth. When adding a piece of Mentos candy to a carbonated beverage, out of Carbonated Water, regular Coca Cola, or Diet Coke, Diet Coke should produce the largest reaction. Hypothesis.
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When adding a piece of Mentos candy to a carbonated beverage, out of Carbonated Water, regular Coca Cola, or Diet Coke, Diet Coke should produce the largest reaction.
If we drop four uncoated Mint Mentos into 2-Liter bottles of Carbonated Water, Coca Cola, and Diet Coke, then the artificial sweetener of the Diet Coke will cause it to produce the highest eruption.
Muir, Hazel. "Science of Mentos & Diet Coke Explosions Explained." NewScientist: Physics & Math. Reed Business Information, 12 June 2008. Web. 02 May 2012. http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn14114-science-of-mentosdiet-coke-explosions-explained.html.
Agee, Sara. "Coke & Mentos - Nucleation Goes Nuclear!" Science Buddies. GuideStar, 23 May 2011. Web. 02 May 2012. http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project_ideas/MatlSci_p023.shtml.
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If we had the chance, and the funds, we would test many more types of Sodas, Mentos (or even different types of Candies), and do many more trials of each, and have as few possibilities of errors as possible.