This video explores some of the non-Newtonian behaviors of oobleck when shaken. The pattern across the surface once the vibrations start is called Faraday waves, a type of nonlinear standing wave that forms once a critical vibrational frequency is passed and the flat surface of the fluid becomes unstable. Toward the end of the video, the frequency of the vibrations is increased until “finger-like protrusions” form. This is a behavior exhibited by shear-thickening non-Newtonian fluids.
What happens when you fill a pool with a non-Newtonian fluid? Well, for one, you can hold races across the surface! In this video, the pool is filled with a mixture of cornstarch and water, a shear-thickening fluid known as oobleck.