Physics Question of the Day What range of fluid ounces in the can make this possible? Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading... 8 thoughts on “Physics Question of the Day” Add yours off the top of my head: until the liquid level on the left is hitting the cylinder’s side. Reply There’s something very tangible about this answer… like “the can will topple over when something hits its sides” Reply Is the fluid Mercury? Reply no, its soda! 😉 Reply Which phenomenon am I supposed to attend to? The balancing or the reversal of the type? Reply the balancing… its interesting, because when it’s full of soda it doesn’t balance, and its when its empty it doesn’t balance. It’s only in a certain range that it will balance. I remember playing with this as a kid all the time. Reply Oh…and follow-up question…will the can fall over eventually as the CO2 escapes (thereby reducing the volume of the liquid?) Reply I tried this today with a Pepsi can. At about 32 mL of liquid, the can would no longer balance on its edge. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here... Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email (required) (Address never made public) Name (required) Website You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Google account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Twitter account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Facebook account. ( Log Out / Change ) Cancel Connecting to %s Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email.