Thanks to this hand pump vacuum sealer demo, we can see how these four fluffy marshmallows will react when the air is pumped out of their clear container. Poof, poof, poof! What’s going on here? From Physics.org:
Marshmallows have small bubbles of air trapped inside them. These bubbles are at atmospheric pressure. When the air inside the glass container is sucked out, the volume of the container remains the same although there is much less air inside – so the pressure is reduced. The air bubbles inside the marshmallows are therefore at a much higher pressure than the air surrounding the marshmallows, so those bubbles push outwards, causing the marshmallows to expand. When air is let back into the glass container, the surrounding pressure increases again, and the marshmallows deflate back to their normal size…
Although aircraft cabins are pressurised, they are not kept at sea level pressure. A similar effect to the marshmallow experiment can be observed by drinking half a bottle of water during a flight. When the aircraft lands you will see that the sealed plastic bottle is slightly crushed by the higher atmospheric pressure at about the same time as your ears pop on the approach to landing.
If you have a hand pump vacuum sealer at home, try it yourself!
Mmmmm… marshmallows: S’mores + peaches = Smeaches. Plus, one of the most popular vids on this site: The Hammer-Feather Drop in the world’s biggest vacuum chamber.
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