Surface tension is the cohesive force found between molecules that are liquid in nature. This cohesiveness forms a level of resistance at the surface of the liquid that is not present in the same degree beneath the surfa... More » Science Physics

Liquids evaporate into the air when their molecules gain enough energy to break free of the liquid’s surface tension and become a gas. As this happens only at the surface, or liquid-air interface, the amount of surface a... More » Science Physics Motion & Mechanics

Pressure outside the straw pushes against the water inside the straw and prevents it from dropping, according to University of California, Santa Barbara. The outside pressure has to sustainably overcome gravity to preven... More » Science Physics Motion & Mechanics
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