2B40.85 - Density of Balls in Beans
To demonstrate that objects of less density (ping pong balls) will rise upward in a higher-density medium (pinto beans).
No assembly required. Possibly a camera may need to be set up depending on the venue of use.
With the ping pong balls buried by the pinto beans. Begin to shake the jar up and down, causing the contents to separate by density. The less dense ping pong balls will rise to the top of the container, while the more dense beans settle on the bottom of the container.
**Theoretically, a more massive object would sink to the bottom while the light object rose to the top of the pile, but in practice the ball bearing that we used as a more dense object was not dense enough to reach the bottom of the container, but rather it resided in the center of the container.**