# Force absorption properties for various fluids

I'm a high school student and we have to research a topic in physics as part of our school curriculum. Essentially, I am unable to find any text online relating to this topic, so I was wondering if the topic was worth pursuing. Taking a constant temperature and volume of various liquids/semi-solids such as water, honey, glue, etc, I will drop an object of constant mass into it. I would like to derive a relationship between say the density or another similar property of the fluid and its ability to reduce the force applied, say for example, honey does a better job of dispersing the force applied than water does? Is there a field for this kind of study? I am unable to find much online, only a few links relating to the shock absorption properties of some industry materials.

Additionally, I am confused as to what equipment is required. When the shock absorption capabilities of a solid are tested, how do they measure how this force is dispersed? I was thinking of force sensitive resistors for the Raspberry pi placed right below the surface, but I am unsure whether or not this method would give me the final force at the point of impact, after having been dampened by the fluid. Thanks!

• Hi, welcome to Physics SE! The question "is this feasible?" is generally not encouraged, as it's difficult for any of us to know how advanced your knowledge. This is necessary if we're to answer that. And anyways, the answer is just yes/no, which isn't suitable for a Q&A site. Can you rephrase your question to just focus on the methods of measuring the force applied on the surface of a fluid? Also, it would be helpful if you could describe your current idea with some more details...
– user191954
Commented May 24, 2018 at 13:33
• Alternatively, you could consider asking a separate question about the topic which will introduce you to the mathematical rigor and theoretical complexity of the topic. Then you'll be able to judge the difficulty on your own.
– user191954
Commented May 24, 2018 at 13:34
• Thanks for the reply. Essentially, I am unable to find any text online relating to this topic, so I was wondering if the topic was worth pursuing. Taking a constant temperature and volume of various liquids/semi-solids such as water, honey, glue, etc, I will drop an object of constant mass into it. I would like to derive a relationship between say the density or another similar property of the fluid and its ability to reduce the force applied, say for example, honey does a better job of dispersing the force applied than water does. Commented May 24, 2018 at 13:44
• That's useful information. Try including that in your question, and decreasing the emphasis on your background and the feasibility. Ask for the theory behind the concepts.
– user191954
Commented May 24, 2018 at 13:46
• What confuses me is how to measure this value. If I were to place a force sensitive resistor right below the surface of each fluid, would I get the same value since based on F=ma, the force exerted on the surface is the same regardless? Furthermore, I do not know how shock absorption or forces are measured at an industrial level, is there some specialised equipment that is required, and hence I can not measure it using these resistors? Commented May 24, 2018 at 13:47