Surface tension

United Kingdom, 1949

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Reviews the nature and shows some applications of surface tension: comparison of solids, gases and liquids with reference to size and shape; demonstration of how the surface of water behaves like an elastic skin; effect of modifying the surface by addition of camphor, ether and soap; surface tension seen in films and bubbles; capillary action; applications including blotting paper, lamp wick, candle, paint brush and killing of mosquito larvae.


production company

British Instructional Films






Black and White

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Subject categories

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Science - Study and teaching

Educational & Instructional

Educational & Instructional → Educational films

Educational & Instructional → Instructional

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Applied physics

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Science

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Science - Experiments

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Science - Study and teaching

Short films

Short films → Short films - Great Britain




16mm film; Limited Access Print (Section 2)

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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