Is the glass half full or half empty? When speaking in terms of matter the glass is always full. A drinking glass without water is said to be “empty”. However, air within the glass is the matter that fills up the glass. Using these concepts we can invert a glass of water without spilling a drop.
How does the phenomenon of the inverted glass of water serve as an example of the properties of pressure and surface tension?
- Drinking glass
- Piece of cardboard (4” x 4”)
This should be performed over a sink or outside.
- Fill a ¼ of the drinking glass with water.
- Place the cardboard over the rim of the glass making sure the mouth of the glass is completely covered.
- Place your hand over the cardboard and invert the glass. Keep your hand underneath the cardboard for at least 5 seconds.
- Slowly remove your hand from underneath the cardboard.
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