The Plunge of a Water Droplet: Water Waves

In this photograph a droplet of water is caught as it plunges into the water and creates an ongoing pattern of waves. The droplet of water was dropped with enough energy that it was able to rebound and send the droplet back up. This disturbance triggered the movement of the water. The droplet of water acts as a disturbance; as soon as it hits the water it causes the water to spread out in an ongoing pattern of waves, consisting of crests and troughs. Crests move in succession and are separated by roughs, which also move in succession. The elevated waves are known as crests and the areas of depression are the troughs. This creates the alternating pattern of crests and troughs. The light displays a reflection of the bowl onto the spherical shape of the water droplet. This picture represents a quite simple yet an astonishing aspect of physics; the intricate motion of water waves are caused by a single disturbance. The model of the camera used was a Canon PowerShot A95. The dimensions of the photograph are 2592 by 1944 and this photograph was taken on December 1, 2006 at 8:41 p.m. This picture was taken with a flash and was taken using the micro function, which allows the camera to capture details with accuracy and precision.

Saadia Malik
Emery Collegiate Institute, North York, Ontario
Honourable Mention ( High School Individual Category )
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