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Vibrating Mercury

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A drop of mercury on a vibrating teflon surface assumes various mode shapes as the amplitude and frequency of oscillation are changed. Note the geometry and symmetry of the mode shapes. Near the end of the movie, the mercury oscillates chaotically and all symmetry and pattern is broken. (Because mercury is toxic, do not try this experiment at home.)

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