Unique at-home Science Experiments! with Physics Girl | Summary and Q&A

May 21, 2020
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Unique at-home Science Experiments! with Physics Girl


Physics Girl demonstrates various science experiments involving light, materials, and chemical reactions that can easily be done at home.

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Key Insights

  • πŸ™ Light can be scattered and reflected when passing through different mediums, as demonstrated by the laser and Jell-O experiment.
  • πŸ₯Ί The fatigue of metal can lead to its weakening and eventual failure, as shown in the Sharpie and soda can experiment.
  • πŸ˜‚ The thickness of a balloon determines its resistance to tearing when pierced, as illustrated by the skewering experiment.
  • πŸ₯΅ Water has a high heat capacity compared to gallium, leading to its effective heat absorption, highlighted in the water-filled balloon and candle experiment.
  • πŸ™‚ Triboluminescence occurs when charges are stripped off during the tearing of Band-Aid wrappers, resulting in visible light emission.
  • 🀽 Surface tension and density differences play a role in the movement of water, as depicted in the food coloring and soap experiment.
  • 🚾 Different substances with lower surface tension and density than water can also exhibit similar effects to soap, such as corn oil.


  • Hey, I'm Diana. You're watching "Physics Girl." Back in my kitchen, and today we're going to make a mess. I've got all kinds of ingredients ready that are definitely not edible. Let's get started. Okay. First experiment you should definitely try at home is a prism made of Jell-O. So I've got a laser pointer here, and if I shine it through this Je... Read More

Questions & Answers

Q: How does shining a laser through Jell-O demonstrate the properties of light?

Shining a laser through Jell-O allows you to observe light scattering, where the laser beam scatters off the particles inside the Jell-O and becomes visible. It also showcases reflection as the laser beam reflects off the inside surface of the Jell-O, leading to internal reflections.

Q: How does flexing the metal on a soda can with a Sharpie cause it to pop open?

Flexing the metal weakens it through fatigue. With repeated bending motion, the metal gets weaker, especially in the thin groove section of the can's lip. The high pressure inside the can eventually pushes out, causing the weak joint to pop open.

Q: How does poking a balloon with a skewer without popping it work?

By finding the thicker parts of the balloon, such as the bottom near the tie, and skewering it gently, it becomes less stretched and more resistant to tearing. This allows the balloon to be pierced without popping.

Q: Why does a water-filled balloon extinguish a candle flame when held over it?

Water has a high heat capacity, meaning it can absorb more heat than other substances like gallium. When the water-filled balloon is held over the candle flame, the water absorbs the heat, preventing the flame from continuing to burn.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • The video showcases several experiments, including using Jell-O as a prism, opening an aluminum soda can with a Sharpie, skewering a balloon without popping it, and extinguishing a candle with a water-filled balloon.

  • It also explores triboluminescence by tearing Band-Aid wrappers in the dark to create visible light and demonstrates the reaction between dish soap and food coloring or pepper in water.

  • The experiments highlight fundamental concepts such as light scattering, reflection, material properties, surface tension, and chemical reactions.

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