Capillarity. On the left, water is higher in the smaller tubes due to adhesion. On the right, mercury has the opposite effect because of its cohesive properties.
KeywordsMercury, water, adhesion, cohesion, capillarity, liquid physics, adhesive liquid, cohesive liquid, convex liquid, concave liquid
Ellsworth D. Foster ed. The American Educator (vol. 2) (Chicago, IL: Ralph Durham Company, 1921)