Tuesday, March 10, 2015


We started learning about density back when we were studying rainbows.  (Which you can find here, and was super fun.)

Now we're into the weather cycle.  We're learning that when the clouds become so heavy or dense it begins to rain.  Here's a fun example of density.

Pictures are from the second time through.  We started with clear water.

Fill a cup a little more then half way through with water.  Add oil until you have about a 1/3 of an inch sitting on top of the oil.

Add one drop of food coloring.  It will fall through the oil sitting between the oil and water.

Add a pinch of salt and watch the food coloring fall to the bottom of the cup.  the very first time through it fell in a straight line exploding on the bottom...The salt making the food coloring the heaviest causing it to fall through the water instead of simply mixing into the water.

But when you dump a spoonful of salt onto that drop of food coloring...

It takes not only the food coloring...

But forces the oil down as well.

And then we get to watch the oil float back to the top.

The boys loved it, we did it about four times.  Up next making it rain...We hope.

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