Exploring Forces - Gravity

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  • Exploring Forces - Gravity
  • Exploring Forces - Gravity
  • Exploring Forces - Gravity
NISE Network product

"Exploring Forces - Gravity" is a hands on activity in which visitors discover that it’s easy to pour water out of a regular-sized cup, but not out of a miniature cup. They learn that size can affect the way materials like water behave. "Explore Science - Zoom into Nano version Gravity Fail" (2016) version designed for groups and community outreach.



Big Idea

A material can act differently when it's nanometer-sized.

Learning Goals

A material can act differently when it’s nanometer-sized.

Different physical forces dominate when things get very, very small. For example, gravity is very apparent to us on the macroscale, but it’s hardly noticeable on the nanoscale.

Nano Content Map
Nanometer-sized things are very small, and often behave differently than larger things do.



Developed for the NISE Network with funding from the National Science Foundation under Award Numbers 0532536 and 0940143. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this product are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.

Owning institution

The Science Museum of Minnesota

Development Process

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