I'm trying to look for something that I'm not used to. My search is related to Tidal forces and the purpose is: making a qualitative explanation (@ High School level) of this phenomenon, using daily life situations to "build the model in my students' mind". One idea one could come across is: fishing schedules at different moon phases...
To do so, I explained this to my 80 years old grandmother and she made an excellent explanation from the questions I did to her. In summary:
Could you imagine you are in a space without gravity? Could you tell me what do you see when we pour water? What shape do you see? (Expected: a sphere. She invoked gravity)
What do you think about the sphere, in this experiment in which you are now, eyes closed no gravity, if now I add a mass near to the bubble? (Expected: a deformation. She said: I'd see a "tear"/"eggplant" shape, pointing to the mass object)
And what do you imagine it would happen if now you add a solid ball inside the deformed tear bubble you see? (Expected: a change in the shape towards the center. She said: what I expected! "the deformation would be less perceptible because the solid ball is pulling water to its center).
Why does it points to the external mass? (Expected and answered: gravity is pulling towards it. She said: it would be important to consider each mass to describe what would happen)
Now I asked what would happen if the water bubble was now made of another material: I mentioned oil. She said the deformation would be modified. Now I asked her to move the external mass, orbiting around the deformed bubble with the solid ball inside it. She said that the "bulge" (can't translate the exact word she used because we didn't talk in english...) would be moving, following the orbit of this object. She didn't mention a lag angle or time, and I find it OK. because she only studied physics @ school when she was in middle school...
I tried to ratify the position of the solid ball inside the deformed bubble, and she said again it'd be @ the center. I asked her if she can relate it to any phenomenon she knows and she explained me about tides on the sea, telling me that there are 4 each day: two high and two low tides. This was very surprising.
Having this in consideration, I'm convinced that 16 year old students can do great at this, so I'm doing a video. I thought that a good idea would be to bring a daily example of this "water bubble" concept, floating in space. The only resource I find is this kind of experiment:
but, obviously, it won't show what happen when a mass object is near to the bubble.
Question: Can you think about an example, analogy or metaphore to illustrate what is happening as it's understood? for instance: using ferromagnetic fluids to explain the effects of a force on a fluid?