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SCIENCE OF FLUIDS K-12

 

The following activities target a middle school population although activities are approachable by more advanced elementary school students. The activities are also ideal for high school students to review basic concepts.

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WHAT ARE FLUIDS? What are fluids? How are fluids different than solids? Introduction to static and dynamics of fluids. What is Rheology
WHAT IS PRESSURE? What is pressure? What is fluid pressure? What is vapor pressure?
WHAT IS HYDROSTATIC PRESSURE-- FLUID PRESSURE AND DEPTH What is hydrostatic pressure? What is the effect of depth on fluid pressure? What is the equation for hydrostatic pressure?
SURFACE TENSION AND CAPILLARY ACTION What is surface tension? What is capillary action? Why is capillary action important to plants?

PASCAL'S PRINCIPLE AND HYDRAULICS

Who was Pascal? How is Pascal's principle related to Hydraulics? How do hydraulic devices work?

WHAT IS VISCOSITY

What is viscosity? Why is honey more viscous than water? How is viscosity measured? What is a Newtonian and Non-Newtonian fluid? Viscosity in the food industry.

WHAT IS HUMIDITY?

What is humidity? What is relative humidity? What is a psychrometer? How is humidity measured?

BUOYANCY AND ARCHIMEDES PRINCIPLE

Who was Archimedes? What is buoyancy? What is the formula for Archimedes Principle?

FLUIDS IN MOTION AND THE BERNOULLI'S PRINCIPLE

What is Bernoulli's Principle? What are some factors that enter in lift of an airplane?

SCIENCE OF FOOD THICKENERS This is from our Science of Cooking section... find out how different food molecules work to thicken those sauces that are too fluid

LABORATORY AND SCIENCE PROJECT IDEAS

What is the relationship between how far water squirts out of a hole in a container and the depth of the hole beneath the water?

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