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If you have ever half-submerged a straight stick into water, you have probably noticed that the stick appears bent at the point it enters the water.  However, when you remove the stick from the water it is straight again.  Is this magic or is there a scientific explanation?  Please explain
 


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Scooby-Doo25
09/27/2010 8:39am

The stick appears bent bent because the water makes the stick appear larger. This happens because the water is magnifying it. Tjis is not magic. It is just reflection.

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DgenerationX
09/27/2010 8:40am

The stick appears to be bent in the water because of refraction. Refraction is when an object goes under the water, the surface refracts the light which seems to make the stick "bend".

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Spiderman101
09/27/2010 8:42am

When you put a stick in the water the stick might look like it is bent at the point that you put it in but it is not.The stick is probably reflecting into the water , and the part of the stick that is under water looks bigger because the water is kind of like a magnifine glass. And the part that is out of the water reflects onto the stick in the water making it look like it is bent.

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chargers
09/27/2010 8:42am

The reason the the stick appears to be bent is that the water refracts the light therefor the stick appears to be bent. The scientific reason is that the water refracts the light.

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Saints
09/27/2010 8:44am

When the stick hits the water it looks bent beacause the water is moving rapidly and the stick takes up more matter than the water can keep up with. Also the water makes the stick look bent, for the fact that the water is forming around the stick which makes it look bent.

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The B&B'z
09/27/2010 8:50am

The way the stick looks isn't magic.It isn't magic because, of the way you look at it. If you look at it from an angle it looks bent because, of the light hitting the stick and water at a degree. If you moved to the other side of the stick the submerged part will look like it moved, but it didn't.

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Positive Bloggers
09/27/2010 10:35am

We think that the reason that the stick appears to be bent is because the light bends objects in the water.Also the light reflects off of the object and forms a bent image in the water.

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Alanta Braxves Fanz
09/27/2010 10:35am

The light is bent a speical way tht when you enter the object into the surface of the water since the light is bent into the water it will allow the object to look like it bent but it is really not.

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Da Ballerz
09/27/2010 10:35am

We think it does this because when the stick hits the water it makes ripples in the water and the light bounce off the ripples in a different direction. thats why it appears to be bent.

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Da-daviz
09/27/2010 10:35am

We think there is a scientific reason for this because in the water light waves are coming in differently than in the air because the water is thicker. So the light can't come in as easly.

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TC&E
09/27/2010 10:37am

We know that it is a scientific explanation. We think that when the stick is placed in the water the water might be moving creating an image that might appear to you as bent. It might appear this way because the water creates a flow in which makes the image appear different then it is when its not in the water.

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tnt dynomite
09/27/2010 10:37am

the stick would look all blury becuase the waves would make the light bbounce off the waves in all diffrent derections making the stick look bent.

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