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ERIC Number: EJ829091
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Stilling Waves with Ordered Molecular Monolayers
Vitz, Ed
Journal of Chemical Education, v85 n8 p1064-1066 Aug 2008
A demonstration of the damping effect of an oil monolayer on water waves is described. The history of this remarkable demonstration--with a 2000 (or more) year span--and a brief explanation in terms of the properties of water and the monolayer are presented. If a layer of olive oil, one molecule thick (about one-ten millionth of a centimeter), is applied to the surface of rough water, the waves are dramatically calmed. The amazing ability of a film one molecule thick to dissipate the relatively large energy of water waves can be readily demonstrated, but an explanation of the effect has been elusive until recently. (Contains 1 figure and 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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