Reedy Creek Times
We're back! Volume 4, Spring 2023
While you wait for new articles in spring of 2023,
enjoy these hits from the past!
In a RC Times survey, 73.3% of people said that water is wet. When you put even one water molecule on a sheet of paper, that paper is wet. So, say you have an 8 oz. glass of water. In that glass of water there are TONS of water molecules. All of the water molecules are attached to each other. Using that logic, if there is even 1 water molecule on something it is wet, you could say that since one molecule is surrounded by others, then it is wet. Therefore, “water is wet,” says one student. Seems reasonable, right? Well, it depends on what you mean by wet. Wetness is the form of being covered with water, or any liquid that can stick to solids. But if we define wet as a sensation that is caused by coming in contact with water, then water is definitely wet to us. Also, if you define wet as being liquid or made of moisture, then water is definitely wet, but let’s see the other point of view.
Water saturates a napkin to make it wet.
Let’s go back to the definition of wet. Wetness is having the ability to stick to solid surfaces. Water is not a solid, therefore, from this point of view, water is not wet. The word wet is defined as, “Covered with, or saturated with liquid (such as water).” Using this definition, we will attempt to prove why water cannot be wet. ... Since the word wet is defined as being saturated with a substance, it is impossible for water to be wet,” says one eighth grader.
So where is this going? Well, both opinions are correct, based on what definition of wet you use. Now you know the other point of view!
UCSB Science Line - Materials Laboratory
A Survey That Was Taken By Reedy Creek Times
Zoom: a drop of water sitting on a waffle towel
These articles are written, edited, and published by students at Reedy Creek Magnet Middle School! Last Updated March 13, 2023.