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We start with basic physics and that fact that so much of what we learn in school comes with exceptions. Those exceptions are frustrating and sometimes make people want to give up. But if we work together, learning is fun - and we have so much to learn from, even from our mistakes. Even better, once we learn the basics, the exceptions get SO much more interesting. In school, we learn that matter is a solid, liquid, or gas. But slime does not fit neatly into any of those categories. Slime is a Non-Newtonian Fluid. Basically, it's a liquid that does not follow Sir Isaac Newton's rules of what makes a liquid! Newton's law of viscosity states that liquids have a constant viscosity (viscosity is how much molecules stick to each other, which determines how thick and gooey a liquid is), no matter how much pressure is applied. However, if you've played with slime, you know that its viscosity varies! Leave it alone and it will flow (right out of your hands and into the carpet!), but if you squeeze it, it almost becomes a solid ball. Slime is definitely more liquid than solid, but definitely a viscosity rule breaker.
Who knew that we had all become pros are making Non-Newtonian Fluids?
To learn more about states of matter, check out one of our "Idongetit" Science Tales below. This is part one in a series of short science stories, meant to tell about science in a silly (and hopefully entertaining way!). We're starting with atoms -- critical for understanding states of matter. But stick with these and you'll learn about solids, liquids, and gasses. Newton will even make an appearance!