Surface tension

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What's the difference between surface tension and capillary force?
Surface tension, a tensor, is the force per unit length. Again surface energy is the energy required to increase the surface area by one unit. Is the surface tension a capillary force?
 

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Simon Bridge
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Can you not tell one from the other?

Capillary action and surface tension are names for related but not identical phenomena.
 
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Meir Achuz
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Capillary force is one of the phenomenon due to surface tension.
 
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Capillary force is one of the phenomenon due to surface tension.
Capilary effects are due to both: adhesive forces to the walls, and cohesive forces within the fluid. Surface tension is just cohesion.
 

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