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Q & A: Apricot Conductors

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Most recent answer: 10/22/2007
Q:
Will apricots conduct electricity?
- Allison (age 10)
Hampton VA
A:
Alison -

Yes, apricots will conduct electricity, like most other fruits and vegetables. Although they are mostly made up of water, which by itself is not a very good electrical conductor, they also contain acids, salts etc. These greatly increase the concentration of electrically charged particles (ions) in the water, and those carry the electrical current.
One interesting question might be whether the way apricots are made of cells changes the conductivity much. The cells are surrounded by membranes and cell walls that don't conduct well. I wonder if mushed-up apricots, with many of the cells broken open, might conduct better than intact apricots. This should be a fun experiment.

-Tamara and Mike

(published on 10/22/2007)

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