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Name: Kyoto
Status: student
Grade: 9-12
Country: India
Date: Spring 2014


Question:
When molten wax is submerged in water at a constant speed, it rises up and forms a conical structure. Why does the wax solidify to form a peak? What are the forces acting on the wax other than buoyancy and friction?



Replies:
This is an interesting experiment. However, without knowing the specific details of the experimental setup it is difficult to suggest the mechanisms that are operating. This would make an excellent science fair project.

Vince Calder


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