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Dr. John Benson of Willmar, a chemistry instructor at Ridgewater College, conducts an experiment Thursday for seventh-grade students at Willmar Middle School. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

Willmar Middle School students learn that chemistry can be fun

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Drop a can of Coke into a cylinder of water, and you can watch it sink gently to the bottom.

Drop a can of Diet Coke in, and it will float at the top. It won’t even sink if it’s pushed down. The difference? The 38 grams of sugar in the regular Coke make it denser, and it sinks.

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Linda Vanderwerf

I cover education issues for the West Central Tribune and have worked for the paper since 1995. I have worked in journalism since 1981.

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