4C31.30 - Drinking Bird - Relaxation Oscillators
Video Credit: Jonathan M. Sullivan-Wood.
Wet the head part of the drinking bird. The evaporation of the water from the head will cause the liquid to rise to the top for about 1 hour without additional wetting.
NOTE: Take care that the large drinking bird does not fall off the glass stand. This is particularly important if the bird is not on a level area.
The drinking is also an example of a relaxation oscillator.
We have a variety of relaxation oscillators available. Look at these webpages:
3A95.10 - Relaxation Oscillators
6-00.00 - Stroboscope (we have small variable frequency strobe lights available).
2B60.30 - Tantalus Cups
3D32.15 - Stadium Horn
4C30.25 - Geyser
4C31.30 - Drinking Bird
4C31.37 - Franklin's Pulse Glass Engine
5A40.70 - Kelvin Water Dropper
5F30.60 - Relaxation Oscillators - Neon Bulb, Doorbell, and Strobe Lights
10A06.10 - Relaxation Oscillators
13A10.10 - Perpetual Motion
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