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Why is a Bottle Full of Water Not Easily Broken?

Author: Edgar Zhu

Editors: Vincent Chang and Megan Liu

Artist: Daisy Zheng

Picture this: two identical glass bottles—one filled with water and the other empty—are falling from the same height. Which bottle is more likely to break? Given that the amount of water in the bottle is relatively small compared to that of the bottle, the common answer is that the bottle full of water is less likely to break. There are two major factors behind this phenomenon.