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  • Numb3rs: Surface Tension Explanation

    Charlie talks about surface tension in water and why it makes drops of water try to be spherical and puddles attempt to become circles. He also talks about optimization theory and how it applies to matching organ donors with people who need organs.

  • Beakman's World: Surface Tension

    Beakman demonstrates how water has a "skin" (aka water tension) by showing a water glider on water and a basket sitting in water. When he sprays the water with soap, the basket can no longer sit on the water. Using a cartoon movie, he explains why water can't get dirt out of cloth because of surface tension but add soap and now the water can go into the fibers and get the dirt.

  • Beakman's World: Making Bubbles

    Beakman explains what adhesion and surface tension are while making DIY bubbles. Then using a rubber band, he shows that the soap film will stick to any edge inside of the rubber band regardless of shape. If you remove the rubber band, then the molecules will stick together in their smallest shape which is a sphere. Then a man demonstrates that there can be square "bubbles" and rainbow shaped "bubbles."