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The Kelvin water-drop experimentThis experiment was originally designed and performed by Lord Kelvin (William Thomson) in the late 1800's to demonstrate the creation of an electric potential simply by means of dividing up a body of flowing water. The objective is to demonstrate the power of electrical forces in a material as common as water and to help teach the student that even simple, well understood phenomena sometimes present unexpected results that, at first thought, defeat explanation. The experimental equipment and procedure are explained.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Shull, Robert D.
(National Bureau of Standards Gaithersburg, MD, United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1990
Publication Information
Publication: NASA, Langley Research Center, National Educators' Workshop: Update 1988. Standard Experiments in Engineering Materials Science and Technology
Subject Category
Inorganic And Physical Chemistry
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Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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