Bending a jet of water

Bending a jet of water

A surprising phenomenon occurs when we hold a statically charged ruler near water flowing from a tap.

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Chemistry

Keywords

waterjet, water, water molecule, polarity, polar, dipole, electrostatics, molecule polarity, dipole molecule, electric charge, Coulomb, charge, electron, rubbing, plastic, electricity, electric field, leader, force, experiment, chemistry, physics

On-screen labels

Jet of water, Plastic ruler, Cloth, Rub the ruler with the cloth., Place the ruler close to the jet of water and observe what happens., The jet of water bends towards the ruler because rubbing it causes the ruler to become electrostatically charged, thus the polar water molecules will be attracted to the ruler.
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