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Water: A Sticky Subject? Learning about the cohesion and adhesion properties of water

Science and Children—March 2000

In this activity, students learn that water particles (molecules) have a “sticky” property that allows water to overfill a container and that the strength of this property is altered with the addition of soap. When water molecules stick to each other, the property is called cohesion; when water molecules stick to other things, the property is called adhesion.
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