Surface Tension
Properties of Matter

Water Jets

Enrichment Activity for 5-11 11-14

What you need

  • Small plastic drinks bottle
  • Some water
  • Drawing pin


  1. Use the drawing pin to make three small holes about 4mm apart at the bottom of the bottle and one near the neck
  2. Fill the bottle with water and put the top on (tip: cover up the top hole to stop the water shooting out of the bottom three)
  3. With the top hole uncovered, three water jets will shoot out of the bottom holes. What happens when you smear the jets together with your thumb, near the holes?

Results and Explanation

Once the jets have been smeared together they stay together due to surface tension.

Surface Tension
can be analysed using the quantity Force

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