Drops on a coin science experiment : Fizzics Education

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# Drops on a coin

### You will need:

• A coin
• A pipette, eyedropper or a straw
• Clear water
• A mess bucket and cleaning materials

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Place the straw in some water and then put your finger over the end. You can now remove the straw and keep the water inside (this works due to air pressure holding the water up). You could use a pipette to make this science activity easier too.

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If you’re using the straw, carefully remove your finger to release your first drop of water.

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Keep adding water drops, counting each one!

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If you look from the side, you should start to see the water begin to bulge over the side of the coin
We find a pipette easier for this part of the experiment.

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Keep going until the water spills over the side of the coin.

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### What is happening?

The attractive forces between water molecules (called intermolecular forces) draw the molecules together. This happens in all liquids, where their molecules are more strongly attracted to each other than to the things around them. At the surface, the molecules are touching fewer other molecules, and so their attractive forces are stronger with the molecules they are touching, beside and below them. This holds the surface molecules together and holds the water in place over the coin, stopping water spillage for much longer than you would expect.

Because of surface tension, liquid surfaces act like a kind of â€˜skinâ€™, able to support small insects and materials on their surface.

### Variables to test

More on variables here

• Hot vs. cold water… does it make a difference?
• What happens when the water has detergent in it?
• Dirty vs. clean coins
• Different size coins

## 8 thoughts on “Drops on a coin”

1. Ryan says:

I’ve found out that coins with smaller areas have more surface tension

1. Ben Newsome says:

Wow! Its been a while since I’ve done this experiment. Can you find anything on the internet that describes why this is the case? Great job!

2. Deena Sharqawi says:

I got 21 drops

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3. haroon says:

i think ben is a bot and I used a aussie \$1 dollar coin so I got 10 drops

1. Ben Newsome says:

Ha! Nah, I’m not a bot ðŸ™‚
Can you get more drops than 10 on a \$1 coin? I’ve got roughly 30 or so once. Let us know how you go!

4. Mike Schwarzkopf says:

Hello Ben, just wanted to let you know that I am using your page for my chemistry assignment. My task is to create a 5-minute video completing an experiment related to chemistry. I chose your experiment as you explained it very well and you also made sure to demonstrate it very clearly. Thank you for your help, I’m going to be citing your work too! ðŸ™‚

1. Ben Newsome says:

Thanks for your kind feedback! All the best with your assignment ðŸ™‚

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