Differences Between Cohesion and Adhesion


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What is adhesion?

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1. What is cohesion?

2. When a small glass tube is placed in a beaker, the water climbs the glass without any outside force. Which property of water is this?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet is composed of questions that will test your comprehension of the differences between cohesion and adhesion on both a fundamental and situation-specific basis.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on the definitions and situational descriptions of:

  • Cohesion
  • Adhesion
  • Properties of water

Skills Practiced

  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast cohesion and adhesion
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of cohesion and adhesion as it pertains to specific examples
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define cohesion and adhesion

Additional Learning

To learn more about these molecular processes of water, you can check out the accompanying lesson titled Differences Between Cohesion and Adhesion. Within this lesson, you'll find the following objectives:

  • Understand the importance of water to life
  • Familiarize yourself with the chemical properties that cause water to be sticky
  • Define electronegativity
  • Know what distinguishes a polar molecule
  • Understand the role of surface tension in cohesion