Tuesday, 17 June 2014 13:45

## F3-02: SURFACE TENSION - BALLOONS

• ID Code: F3-02
• Purpose: demonstrate surface tension in a counterintuitive way.
• Description: Use two identical balloons. Blow up one balloon on the tube and clamp it. Then blow up the other balloon to a different size and slip it onto the other end of the tube.

Q: When you remove the clamp, what will happen?: (a) the small balloon will get smaller and the large one larger, (b) the two balloons will become equal, or (c) they will stay the way they are.

A: The small balloon will blow up the larger one, and get smaller, due to surface tension effects. The rubber is thicker in a smaller balloon, and thus produces greater surface tension.

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