2B20.40 - Pascal Vases

See paragraph one in the procedure section
Code Number:
Demo Title:
Pascal Vases
Pascal's Law
Area of Study:
Heat & Fluids
Pascal vases, Colored water.

Add water to the vases as necessary.

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