Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

Published by Addison-Wesley
ISBN 10: 0321909100
ISBN 13: 978-0-32190-910-7

Chapter 3 - Think and Explain: 75

Answer

The same volume of water issues from the faucet each second. As a blob of water falls, and the bottom part moves faster, it stretches out vertically. It becomes thinner as it stretches (this is a similar process to pulling a blob of clay, taffy, or honey). Eventually it stretches so far that surface tension can't hold it together, and the stream breaks up into droplets.
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