Viscosity Test

Viscosity Test

Viscosity is a liquid’s resistance to flow – if a liquid has a high resistance to flow, it’s said to be a viscose liquid.

You can test out the viscosities of liquids around your house – first find 3 or 4 different types of liquids – such as tomato sauce, honey, oil, milk, water, shampoo or toothpaste.

You’ll also need a baking tray, something to prop it up with, and some newspaper.

Find an area outside where you can do this experiment because things might get messy.Prop your baking tray up on something so it’s on a fairly steep angle between 45 and 90 degrees. Lay some newspaper out at the bottom.

Next, put a large drop of each of your liquids at the top of the baking tray.Watch how quickly each of the liquids flow downhill to the bottom of the baking tray.
The liquids that reach the bottom the fastest are the liquids with the lowest viscosity.The liquids that take longer to reach the bottom have a higher viscosity.
You’ll find that a liquid like water has a really low viscosity and will reach the bottom of the baking tray really quickly, whereas a liquid like toothpaste has a very high viscosity and will take a very long time to reach the bottom of the baking tray.

The reason liquids have different viscosities is mainly because of the shape of the molecules (or tiny bits) that make up the liquid.Non-viscous liquids are made of simple molecules that flow easily past each other, but the molecules of more viscous liquids are more complicated, so they tend to catch on each other and don’t flow as easily.

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