Distance Fallen vs. Stain Diameter (Screencast)
Learners observe how a blood drop in flight continually accelerates and increases in velocity over time. As the drop falls, resistance accumulates. The increase in stain diameter relative to distance of a typical 50 ml drop of blood is represented here. This activity has audio content.
This learning object shows how blood droplets are held together by a strong cohesive molecular force that produces surface tension in each drop and on the external force. Surface tension pulls the surface molecules of a liquid toward its interior, decreasing the surface area and causing the liquid to resist penetration.