Surface Tension

Surface Tension

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Caption: Beads of water on a waxed car; an example of surface tension. Water adheres weakly to wax and strongly to itself, so water clusters into drops. Surface tension gives the droplets their near-spherical shape, because a sphere has the smallest possible surface area to volume ratio.

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Keywords: bead, beaded, climate, condensation, condensed, drop, droplet, physics, precipitation, rain, raindrop, raindrops, rainfall, sphere, spherical, splash, surface, surface tension, tension, water, wax, waxed car, weather

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