3 Perplexing Physics Problems – YouTube


Why does shaken soda explode? Does ice melt first in fresh or salt water? Thank you Squarespace for sponsoring this video. Go to https://squarespace.com to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain using code: VERITASIUM

This video features experiments that have been shown to me by science teachers over the years. Does ice melt fast in salt water or fresh water was an experiment introduced to me at the Utah Science Teachers’ conference. The ring of metal over a chain demo came from a teachers event in Florida. The idea shaking a carbonated drink increases pressure came from an email.

Special thanks to Petr Lebedev for building the pressure gauge.

Links to literature are below: Victims of the pop bottle, by Ted Willhoft. New Scientist, 21 August 1986 p.28 Carbonation speculation The Physics Teacher 30, 173 (1992); https://doi.org/10.1119/1.2343501 Agitation solution The Physics Teacher 30, 325 (1992); https://doi.org/10.1119/1.2343556 Filmed by Cristian Carretero, Jordan Schnabel, Jonny Hyman, and Raquel Nuno Music from https://epidemicsound.com “Seaweed” “Quietly Tense” “Mind Shift” “Observations”

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