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Air takes up space

Air takes up space

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You will need:

One water filled clear container.

Clear drinking glass

Tissue paper

Ping pong ball

Air takes up space science experiment - materials needed
1 Air takes up space science experiment - floating ping pong ball in water

Place ping pong ball into the clear container filled with water.

2 Air takes up space science experiment - covering the floating ping pong ball with a glass

Put the glass over the ping pong ball so that the ball sits inside that glass.

3 Air takes up space science experiment - ping pong ball at the bottom of the water container

Push the glass down into the water, while it is still over the ball. The water level should rise around the glass and the ball should remain dry.

4 Air takes up space science experiment - covering the floating ping pong ball with a glass

Remove the glass from the water.

5 Air takes up space science experiment - adding tissue paper to an empty glass

Ball up some tissue paper and put it into the glass.

6 Air takes up space science experiment - beginning to push the glass over the floating ping pong ball

Again shush the glass, upside-down into the water. The tissue paper should not get wet.

Why Does This Happen?

Air takes up space. It cannot get easier than this!

The pressure exerted by the air inside the glasses allows the air to exclude the water and the ping pong ball. Using the tissue just helps to show that air, not water, is trapped inside the glass.

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