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What is surface tension of water?

Experiments | 8-11 yrs | Video

REQUIREMENTS

  • Water
  • A glass
  • Water
  • Pins (different shapes & sizes)

WHAT TO DO

Fill up the glass of water right upto its brim. And then start dropping the pins into the water one by one.

WHAT HAPPENS

You will see that the water does not spill out of the glass, even though it is filled right up to its brim.

WHY THIS HAPPENS

The surface tension of the water doesn’t allow the water to spill out and is the key reason for holding the water in the glass.
TRY THIS
Now that you know how much external force the surface of a liquid can resist, try the same experiment with vegetable oil. Does oil have a greater surface tension or water?

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