(Pic from Google)
After being in middle school for the past two and a half years, I have noticed something. You’ve probably noticed it too.
My school isn’t like the stereotypical middle school which you see in movies and TV shows. There are cliques, or shall I say groups of friends with labels. I’m not sure whether this calls for other people, but I find it hard to make friends and work with several people from a certain clique all at once. They always ignore you, and share several inside jokes. But when it’s just you and one other person who doesn’t have their friends with them, it runs really smooth. You act as you were best friends.
I think that we all do this unknowingly. That’s why I have started to make more of an effort to include everyone in group work and other activities.
I just had my eighth grade science fair at my school, and my experiment was quite interesting.
My partner, Jenny, and I observed the differences between the reactions of two kinds of bar soap when microwaved for a certain time. The two bar soaps we microwaved were Dial, and Ivory.
First, we microwaved each soap for one minute, and the second time for two minutes. The Ivory soap puffed up like Souffle, and the Dial soap flattened like a pancake.
Why did this happen? When Ivory soap is being made in the factory, air is pumped into it, resulting in several air bubbles inside the soap. When the soap is microwaved, the air molecules gain more Kinetic energy, and move faster and farther apart from each other, causing the soap to expand. This demonstrates Charles’ Law, which states “As the temperature of a gas increases, so does its volume.”
Ivory – Before Microwaving
- Ivory – After Microwaving
The Dial soap, on the other hand, does not contain as many air bubbles. Therefore, it just melted and flattened onto the plate.
Dial – Before Microwaving
Dial – After Microwaving
I officially announce the end of the post a day challenge I took. It has actually been 3 days since it ended, but I forgot to stop. Silly me!
I have missed 16 days of posting, so I will make up those posts in the future. I will try to post at least three times a week, to keep this blog active.
It is day 17 of the post a day challenge.
Today I got a good idea for a post. What superhero would I be?
I would be Cat Woman! People say I’m like a cat all the time, and I agree. I don’t commit crimes like her, though.
We are both sneaky and fast.
It is day 14 of the post a day challenge.
I decided to show you all what I actually look like using a dress up game.
This is what I look like in realz:
(I had to use photoshop to crop this)
The game I used was called Fashion Creator. Here’s the link: http://www.dolldivine.com/fashion-creator.php
Yup, that’s me.
It is day thirteen of the post a day challenge. I can’t believe I skipped six days in a row…That makes ten strikes.
I visited my grandfather’s farm a day after one of the cows had given birth to a calf. I got to pet it, and take some pictures of it. For privacy reasons, I will not share the picture of the calf with me in it.
It has white patches around it’s eyes. 😀
As a little bonus,
I took a picture of a nice little stray dog which was in the farm.
This is day two of the post a day challenge! Not running low on ideas just yet!
Today I am going to talk about something other than photography or animals. The topic of this post is cloud bursts.
For those who are not aware of what a cloud burst is, let me explain. A cloud burst is a severe amount of precipitation, which is sometimes combined with hail and thunder. Cloud bursts usually last only a few minutes, but can cause dangerous flash floods, killing, hundreds of people.
Analogy: Think of a cloud burst in analogy to someone dumping water out of a bucket onto a swarm of ants. What happens to the ants? They are swept away. That’s what happens to the people under a cloud burst.
Cloud bursts cover only a few kilometers, but can flood the whole area. The rain fall rate during a cloud burst is usually 100 mm per hour or more.
Cloud bursts occur around tropical thunderstorms. In tropical storms, there is more moisture. Another factor is the freezing level. Tropical storms typically have a higher freezing level . The water droplets cannot be frozen into hail stones, so they increase in size as water droplets, not hail stones. I the thunderstorm becomes weak, all the water will break through the storm all at once towards the surface of the cloud.
This is the point of which the thunderstorm falls apart. When the water reaches the surface of the cloud, a cloud burst is formed, and the thunderstorm is destroyed.
Personally, I think this is pretty interesting. I decided to make a post on this topic when I heard about a cloud burst which happened in Uttarakhand, a state in India.