Energy Transferred by Heating
Energy and Thermal Physics

Thirsty Bottle

Enrichment Activity for 5-11 11-14

What you need

  • Glass bottle
  • Plate
  • Hot water
  • Room temperature water


  1. Pour some water onto a plate
  2. Fill the bottle with hot water. The water and the bottle will be hot so you might need to ask a friend to help.
  3. Carefully pour the water away and quickly place the bottle upside down on the plate of water. The water will rise up the bottle.

Results and Explanation

The hot bottle heats the air inside it. Once the air cools it takes up less space. The air pressure inside the bottle becomes less than the air pressure outside. This forces the water up the bottle.


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