Slow physics: recording the ascent and descent of a water column

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List of Authors: Johan Lindén, Kjell-Mikael Källmann, Erik Holm
Publisher: IOP
Place: England
Publication year: 2018
Journal: Physics Education
Journal acronym: phys. educ.
Volume number: 53
Issue number: 4


A glass filled with carbon dioxide gas upside down on a plate of water
constitutes an excellent demonstration of the solubility of gases. If the water
level on the plate is maintained the CO2 will slowly dissolve and the column
of water will rise inside the glass, without quite reaching the ceiling, before an
opposite process sets in: the water level will even more slowly begin to sink
in a process which will take several years. We followed the process for several
months, recording images of the water column with 10 min to 1 h intervals.
The physics of the process is discussed and modeled quantitatively.


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