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Friday, February 10, 2012

Swirling colors in a milk bowl

Try this and watch the colors swirl in a milk bowl. This is very easy to do and takes less then a minute to do.

We need:

  • bowl,
  • food coloring, red and blue,
  • toothpicks,
  • detergent,
  • milk.
How to:
  1. Pour a bit of milk on the bowl;
  2. Add 2 drops of blue food coloring;
  3. Now, away from the blue, add another 2 drops of red food coloring;
  4. Let your restless play with the toothpicks and the milk on the bowl, let them "draw" at will, What happens?
  5. Now, add a drop of detergent;
What happens?
The colors blend immediately, almost instantly, after we add the detergent

When we add the food coloring, it just stay there, exactly where we placed it.
Then, when we introduce the detergent to the equation, the colors blend in a sec. That’s because the detergent will make the surface tension to drop, and the "milk skin", that allows the color "to sit there", will disappear.
As we saw  here, this skin works as a coat that maintains other molecules at surface, and therefore preventing its dissolution n the milk. When his surface tension is disturbed, the food coloring (and other milk molecules) find less resistance and therefore they can move all around in the bowl.
But there is another phenomena happening in the bowl: Some milk protein denaturate by the action of detergent.
Both things contribute for the surface tension changes.

See the video:

Et voil√°!
A ocean of colors!


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