Seaman Kids asked the Naked Scientists:Eextremely sunday evening my dad has actually a gin and tonic with lemon and my mum has a rum and coke via a item of lime. But the lemon floats and also the lime sinks! Why is this? Amy Seaguy What carry out you think?


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If an object floats in a liquid then you understand its average density is much less than the liquid and vice versa.In the case of lemons and also limes this might be because of the skin of a lemon having actually air spaces in it yet the lime skin might not and, subsequently, be a little bit more dense.It is possible that the bubbles of one fizzy drink tfinish to attach to lemons but the other fizzy stuff doesn't stick bubbles to lime . Look closely; are tright here visible bubbles on the exterior of the lemon slices?
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If an item floats in a liquid then you know its average thickness is less than the liquid and vice versa.In the case of lemons and also limes this might be due to the skin of a lemon having air spaces in it however the lime skin may not and also, in turn, be a bit more dense.It is feasible that the bubbles of one fizzy drink tfinish to affix to lemons yet the various other fizzy stuff doesn't stick bubbles to lime . Look closely; are tbelow visible bubbles on the exterior of the lemon slices?
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