Thursday April 16th, 2015 11:37 Millikan Oil Drop Experiment

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    • SandyCheeks12692 January 27, 2011 at 10:36 am

      Man. . .you can find anything on youtube! lol.

    • winkingfairy February 10, 2011 at 7:40 pm

      this iz soo helpul thnx 🙂

    • adamtickle February 18, 2011 at 1:14 pm

      yeah this makes sense. My question is. How the FUCK did this Millikan guy figure out that 1.6 X 10 to the negetive 19 was the smallest possibe multiple for the charge. How can that be?

    • KimoMini March 15, 2011 at 10:04 pm


    • KivaCrystal March 31, 2011 at 10:58 am

      @14Amanda18 : When measuring the mass, the plates are switched off so the charge can fall freely

    • virtuosoikingpin April 11, 2011 at 1:45 pm

      It is so irritating how textbooks are written. This is so simple, yet the textbook makes you spend 4x longer learning it, simply by how complex it is written, and how much irrelevant information is included, which could be deduced if the first description had been written clearly in the first place. Plus ADHD people have trouble focusing on the piece of shit text. /end rant

    • virtuosoikingpin April 11, 2011 at 1:52 pm

      @adamtickle let’s say that you keep getting charges on oil drops that are 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, you simply find their least common multiple or a number that will go into all of them.  I haven’t looked it up, but that’s how I would go about it.

    • virtuosoikingpin April 11, 2011 at 1:54 pm

      @adamtickle You just find a number that all of the results will go into…lets see the charges on them are 8, 10, 12,14,16.. You would eventually figure out that they’re all multiples of 2. He did some complex math to figure it out but I believe this is the basic concept.

    • adamtickle April 24, 2011 at 12:51 pm

      @virtuosoikingpin but how could he, practically speaking, accurately find that 1.6*10 to the negetive 19 was the smallest multiple, i mean what instrument did he use, and if he was so sure that 1.6*10 to the negetive was the lowest he would have had to have some instrument that can measure charges well lower than that.

    • adam3141 May 18, 2011 at 9:29 am

      @adamtickle The instrument he used was his brain which if used correctly is a very powerful tool. You see, he would have found in making his measurements that the numbers clustered around certain values and he must have performed this experiment thousands of times and so built up a reasonable amount of data points.

      From this, he was able to see (and just like virtuosoikingpin said) that the multiple was 1.6×10^-19.

    • adamtickle May 19, 2011 at 11:17 am

      @adam3141 Ok dickhead, I understand the procedure, and I question the validity of the results. There are so many factors that reputable scientists have questioned including the fact that Milikan and Fletcher had an incorrect value for the viscosity of air among other undoing factors. In the expirements after this one scientist found the magic number to be higher and higher. The fact is scientist don’t like to say that they may have been wrong and so they skirt issues……

    • adamtickle May 19, 2011 at 11:21 am

      @adam3141 Like the possiblity that they could have been wrong. As of 2008 the accepted value for the elementary charge is 1.602176487(40)×10−19C,[8] where the 40 indicates the uncertainty of the last two decimal places. In his Nobel lecture, Millikan gave his measurement as 4.774(5)×10−10statC,[9] which equals 1.5924(17)×10−19 C. The difference is less than one percent, but it is more than five times greater than Millikan’s standard error, so the disagreement is significant….

    • adamtickle May 19, 2011 at 11:25 am

      Which brings me to my point, it must have been hard, in 1909 to come up with the right answer, without the ability to do incredibly complex math more accurately. So DICK my reasoning for questioning the validity of this bitch isn’t as moronic and dull as your passive aggression.  EAT A DICK.

    • adam3141 May 19, 2011 at 2:25 pm

      @adamtickle Passive aggression? Really? I think that maybe you should take a long hard look in the mirror.

      You need to do some growing up, and fast because at 26, you’re acting half your age.

    • adamtickle May 20, 2011 at 2:58 pm

      @adam3141 Man, it sounds like you must have a tiny penis. I think you shouldn’t take a look in the mirror for the sake of your self-esteem. When I was 13 my dick was bigger than yours will ever be. Now THAT’S acting half my age 🙂

    • cuntylishus June 7, 2011 at 3:16 am

      @adamtickle @adam3141 Well played, chaps. Most entertaining.

    • ppadmaperuma July 30, 2011 at 7:47 pm

      Poor Immature Bastards!! Lolz 😀

    • crudeoilsystems August 31, 2011 at 9:28 pm

      great to see so many people get help in their exams from this vid

    • 5starcathy September 9, 2011 at 7:20 pm

      its really great……….. thanks a lot for this. helps me a lot

    • Ahelterpro September 21, 2011 at 2:38 am

      science sux god bless you

    • ScienceHelpVideos September 24, 2011 at 5:54 am


    • flageyme October 6, 2011 at 5:03 am

      Excelllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllent !!!

    • judaleba November 3, 2011 at 10:34 am

      o si ahora entiendo mejor este experimento GRACIAS 😀

    • Varbai November 23, 2011 at 2:08 am

      nice !

    • USAmilitarypower December 21, 2011 at 4:05 am

      they say gravity wont change the speed something falls… does anyone know why this dosnt happen here.

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