Two Physics questions. Please help?

I have two questions. Here they are:

Place a small drop of water on wax paper. Describe how the water behaves; what characteristic of water are you investigating?

Take a glass of water and see if you can float a paper clip or pin on it. What characteristic of water are you investigating?

Please help me on these. Not only do I not know what the questions are referring to when they say "characteristics of water", but I do not have access to any of these materials to do the experiments. I do have ideas of what would happen however.


as per first question: there is adhesive force acting between the two. as a result of this, liquid does not wets the wax paper and also, the angle of contact is obtuse


in the second question it is surface tension.

Mar 24 at 11:0

The characteristic you're investigating by floating a paperclip is cohesion.

Mar 24 at 14:46

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Here it is, just a few hours before school, and I haven't finished my homework! :X Please help me by answering these few questions that I am entirely too lazy to look for myself, and I will offer you nothing as compensation in return!

Sincerely yours,

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Mar 24 at 18:55