How Far Can You Stretch Glass?

Melting Sugar
Melting Sugar

The glass-liquid transition temperature is the temperature at which glass and sugar change from a solid state to a liquid state.

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Stretching Glass
Stretching Glass

Glass is a phase of matter unto itself. It is neither a solid nor a liquid.

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How Far Can You Stretch Glass?
How Far Can You Stretch Glass?

Each girl took a turn trying to pull the candy as far as they could.

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Fiber-Like Sugar
Fiber-Like Sugar

The thin sugar fibers solidify almost immediately in the room temperature air. When the girls ate the fibers the candy transitioned back to a liquid.

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How Far Can You Stretch Glass? 

      Glass, like jolly ranchers, is an amorphous solid and is neither a solid nor a liquid. Sugar and glass in a solid state transitions to a liquid state at certain temperatures. In this experiment, the students heated up sugar and stretched the fibers as far as they could. The thin sugar fibers solidified in the room temperature air and then transitioned back to a liquid when the girls ate it.