why does the water shoot up out of the straw at the top

Hi everyone !
My physics teacher showed us this thing he made and then asked us “why does the water shoot up out of the straw at the top”? No one knew the answer and he did not tell us the answer. And this has been bothering me for almost 2 weeks now (keep reading and it will make more sense . . . I hope).

My teacher took two soda bottles (you know the liter ones). He glued 2 straws in the inside of them and filled one about half way with water (i know this sounds really weird but the drawing will make more sense. . . hopefully lol). He glued them on top of each other and then turned it upside down so the one with the water is now on top. The water goes down into the bottle on the bottom but water shoots out of the straw on the top. Yeah I know your are probable thinking to yourself that this girl is crazy and makes no sense whatsoever lol. I'm sorry but it's hard to explain in words what he did. Why does the water shoot out of the top of the straw that is in the top bottle? What causes the water to shoot out of the straw??? I know it has something to do with pressure. I hope the drawing makes more sense. lol

http://img76.exs.cx/my.php?loc=img76&image=water1gz.png

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

~Thanks
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 Recognitions: Gold Member Science Advisor Staff Emeritus Well, there are two fluids in this system... can you tell me what happens to the other one as the water flows?
 Two fluids?? There is only water. Some of it goes down into the other bottel and the rest shoots up the straw.

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why does the water shoot up out of the straw at the top

A fluid does not have to be a liquid. Look up the definition.
 Is the other fluid air? And if so then as the water flows the air goes under the water?

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 Quote by Shay10825 Is the other fluid air? And if so then as the water flowes the air goes under the water?
Correct and correct.
Now, what would "push" the air under the water and up thru the straw??

BTW ---> Compliments on your EXCELLENT ILLUSTRATION. Very nice!!

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 Correct and correct. Now, what would "push" the air under the water and thru the straw??
I have no clue. Could it be the air in the bottom bottle?

 BTW ---> Compliments on your EXCELLENT ILLUSTRATION. Very nice!!
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 Quote by Shay10825 [COLOR=Blue] I have no clue. Could it be the air in the bottom bottle?
What happens to the PRESSURE in the TOP bottle when water leaves??
What happens to the PRESSURE in the BOTTOM bottle when water enters??

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 Quote by xanthym What happens to the PRESSURE in the TOP bottle when water leaves?? What happens to the PRESSURE in the BOTTOM bottle when water enters?? ~~
The pressure in the top decreases and the pressure in the bottom increases?

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 Quote by Shay10825 The pressure in the top decreases and the pressure in the bottom increases?
CORRECT!!
Fluids tend to flow from regions of higher pressure to regions of lower pressure. Now can you see what's happening?

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 not really. Why does the pressure make the air go under the water?

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