Vibrating Oobleck

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This video explores some of the non-Newtonian behaviors of oobleck when shaken. The pattern across the surface once the vibrations start is called Faraday waves, a type of nonlinear standing wave that forms once a critical vibrational frequency is passed and the flat surface of the fluid becomes unstable. Toward the end of the video, the frequency of the vibrations is increased until “finger-like protrusions” form. This is a behavior exhibited by shear-thickening non-Newtonian fluids.

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