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 I'd like to know, how to measure the volume or diameter of a droplet of water from a sprinkler. I'm fine if you give it as a formula or description. Question Date: 2010-10-04 Answer 1:Well, that's going to depend. The water that is coming out of your sprinkler is coming out a small hole in the sprinkler. Drops of water in the air are roughly spherical due to the surface tension of water, so the water droplet will be a sphere with a diameter equal to the diameter of the whole.The volume of a sphere is: (4/3) * pi * r3 where r is the radius (not diameter) of the sphere. Answer 2:Could you collect a number of drops in a little weighed container and then weigh it with the drops of water in it?That's what I did once when I wanted to figure out how thick a layer of water I had, sandwiched between 2 layers of mica. From the density of water, you can figure out how big a volume of water you'll need to collect to be able to weigh it on the most sensitive scale you have.Click Here to return to the search form.