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? How are fluids different than solids? Introduction to static and dynamics of fluids. What is Rheology
What is pressure? What is fluid pressure? What is vapor pressure?
What is hydrostatic pressure? What is the effect of depth on fluid pressure? What is the equation for hydrostatic pressure?
What is surface tension? What is capillary action? Why is capillary action important to plants?
Who was Pascal? How is Pascal's principle related to Hydraulics? How do hydraulic devices work?

What is the difference between adhesion and cohesion? What causes surface tension?
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 relative humidity? What is a psychrometer? How is humidity measured?
Who was Archimedes? What is buoyancy? What is the formula for Archimedes Principle?

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

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