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Drop Formation Feature Summary

Physics in Your World
Drop Formation
This photo shows the formation of a long neck, which is produced by surface tension. Notice how the drop makes a small inverted image of its shadow.

For a related and well-illustrated site on drops and surface tension, see Drop Formation. Also, you might enjoy this movie of water dripping slowly from a tap.

To make a water drop magnifier, visit Kitchen Science Experiments: Drop Magnifier.

This feature was updated on July 5, 2013.
photo credit:  <a href="" target="_blank">Andrew Davidhazy</a>, Rochester Institute of Technology
photo credit: Andrew Davidhazy, Rochester Institute of Technology
December 1, 2006 - December 16, 2006