Wilhelmy Plate Apparatus for Measuring Surface Tension

The Wilhelmy plate apparatus is used to calculate the surface tension of a liquid. It measures the force of the liquid pulling down on a plate and uses the contact angle between the plate and the liquid to calculate the surface tension. Typically, two different angles can be seen: as the plate enters the liquid, there will be an advancing angle, and as the plate exits, there will be a receding angle.


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This was a project for Advanced Topics in Mathematics II, 2016–2017, Torrey Pines High School, San Diego, CA.
[2] Dataphysics. "Wilhelmy Plate Method." (Feb 20, 2017) www.dataphysics.de/2/start/understanding-interfaces/tensiometry/wilhelmy-plate-method.
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