2A20.45 - Meniscus - Stable Equilibrium
Start with the evaporating dish and water. The water should come to about 1" from the top of the evaporating dish to start the experiment. Add 1 to 3 ping pong balls and notice that they will quickly migrate to the sides of the dish (Concave meniscus). Adding more water to the evaporating dish until the dish is overfull will cause the ping pong balls to migrate to the center of the dish (Convex meniscus).
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