Watch the magic of science as you turn a cup filled with water upside down and the water stays in the cup!
Impossible you might say, well try this experiment and learn about how this is possible with some understanding of air pressure.
Slippage may occur if water is on the ground. Do this experiment over a sink or outside
Check out the ‘Wacky Science’ video of this experiment and ‘What’s Going On’ series link. They are currently ‘In Production’, so check back soon…..
Waky Science Ep
What's Going On?
Did you expect the water to fall out of the cup when it was upside down? Most people do.
That is because they expect gravity to pull it down to earth and push the paper card off the cup as well. That would happen IF we had no air pressure and attractive forces between water molecules!
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– more details,
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– information on how to investigate this further
– links to everyday examples
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- Detailed explanation of science
- Mini-challenge section (another experiment)
- Making it a â€˜Scientific Methodâ€™ experience
- Graphing opportunities
- REAL links and descriptions to everyday examples of concept.
Water molecules: Water is made of microscopic particles called water molecules. They are made up of two hydrogen atoms joined to one oxygen atom.
Surface tension: This is the force produced when water molecules are attracted to each other.
Pressure: A measure of force per unit of area. In this experiment, atmospheric pressure is pushing on the card to keep it from falling off.