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ERIC Number: EJ887947
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
The Physics of the Imploding Can Experiment
Mohazzabi, Pirooz
Physics Teacher, v48 n5 p289-291 May 2010
One of the popular demonstrations of atmospheric pressure in introductory physics courses is the "crushing can" or "imploding can" experiment. In this demonstration, which has also been extensively discussed on the Internet, a small amount of water is placed in a soda can and heated until it boils and water vapor almost entirely fills the can. The can is then quickly inverted and its opening is allowed to touch the surface of cold water in a container. Upon touching the cold water surface, the can implodes in a fraction of a second as the water vapor in the can condenses.
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Language: English
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