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'Physics to jets' of the UMU passes to the final phase of the informative contest Science in Action (11/07/2018)

The project 'Physics to jets', developed by Rafael García Molina, Professor of Applied Physics at the University of Murcia (UMU), together with his students of Arash Santiago Shamaeli Balanza, José María Gómez Verdú, Marta Jiménez Gómez, José García- Borrón Jiménez-Cervantes and María Hernández López, has been selected to participate in the final phase of the Science in Action international competition, specifically in the 'Demonstrations of Physics' modality.

All the recreational physics experiments of this project are carried out by means of jets of water and other types of liquids, such as honey or bath gel.

"Without the need to use sophisticated materials, many phenomena and concepts are discussed and presented, not only related to fluids, but also of kinematics, dynamics, electrostatic or optics", explains García Molina.

In addition, through the use of everyday materials, this initiative aims to present eye-catching, fun and, in some cases, spectacular experiments for society in general to be interested in physics (and science, in general).

Among the most important experiments are 'L'ou com balla' ('The egg as dance'), which consists of making an egg dance on the jet of a water source.

This egg is kept in vertical balance on the jet of the source because the amount of movement per unit of time transferred by the pounding of the jet compensates the weight of the egg, which produces, therefore, a balance of forces.

Science in Action, which will take place on 5th, 6th and 7th October 2018 in Viladecans (Barcelona), is an international competition aimed at students, professors, researchers and disseminators of the scientific community, in any of its disciplines.

Its main objective is to present science in an attractive and motivating way, so that young people and the general public are interested in it and throughout the contest enjoy attending lectures, observing and participating in the fair.

Source: Universidad de Murcia

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