Hooked on Science: Floating ghost ball

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Using a few items from around the house, you can make a ball float.

Materials

* Hair dryer

* Styrofoam ball

Instructions

n STEP 1: Turn the hair dryer on and hold it so the air flow is toward the ceiling.

* STEP 2: Place the ball in the flow of air.

Explanation

As the flow of air pushes the ball upward, gravity pulls the ball down making it look as if it is floating in the air.

Jason Lindsey is a science outreach educator with Hooked on Science. Check out his website www.hookedonscience.org for webcasts and experiments that might get you hooked on science. Send him your science questions at jlindseyhookedonscience.com. More science experiments can be found at www.semissourian.com.

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