Animated gifs

This animation is composed of a sequence of images of different milk drops recorded at uniform time intervals.  For more information on creating such animations, click here.

This is a sequence of images of a racquetball colliding with a wall on the right.  The images were taken 0.00025 seconds apart.  The shapes assumed by the racquetball are similar to some of those seen in liquid splashes.  These similarities result from the fact that in both cases, a tension force influences the shape of the ball. For liquids, the force is surface tension while for the racquetball, the force is the elasticity of the ball.  For a larger version of the animated gif, click here.

Splash of a Water Drop - Above and Below

This sequence of images shows the different stages of a water drop splash.  Each image is of a different water drop, captured 5 ms apart from one another in time.  The animation is done with a JavaScript code that plays each image in order.

Splash of a Water Drop - Beneath the Surface

This animation was made from 66 images.  Each image is of a different water drop, captured 3 ms apart from one another in time.  The result is a sequence of images that show the different stages of a splash, as viewed from beneath the surface.

2002 North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics