Ace Your Weather Science Project by Robert Gardner

By Robert Gardner

Learn approximately barometers, humidity, snowflakes, and extra with the nice climate technology experiments during this booklet. Authors Robert Gardner and Salvatore Tocci advisor readers via their most sensible climate technology experiments utilizing full-color illustrations. Many experiments contain rules for a student's technological know-how reasonable.

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At any temperature there is a limit to the amount of sugar that will dissolve in a liter of water. When this limit is reached, we say the solution is saturated. If the temperature of a saturated sugar solution decreases, the water cannot hold as much sugar. The sugar in excess of saturation falls out of solution. Is the same true of water in the atmosphere? To test this idea, slowly lower the temperature of some warm water in a shiny metal can. You can do this by adding small pieces of ice to the water as you stir it.

Over the next several days, mark the cardboard to note the positions of the pin on the end of the straw. Your marks will form a dial. The top of the dial will indicate high pressure, and the bottom will indicate low pressure. You are now set to forecast the weather. As the atmospheric pressure rises, it pushes down on the plastic wrap. This increased pressure causes the straw to pivot upward. A decrease in atmospheric pressure causes the plastic wrap to move upward, allowing the straw to pivot downward.

Is the pattern what you expected it would be? FIGURE 11: What does the splash pattern look like if a drop is moving sideways when it lands? Place several sheets of paper end to end on a flat surface (Figure 11). Then see what happens to the splash pattern if the drop is moving sideways when you release it. This is the way raindrops land if they are driven by a wind as they fall. How does the pattern change if you increase the speed at which the eyedropper is moving when you release the drop? Suppose the drops fall on a “hill” (Figure 12) instead of a flat surface.

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