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The Physics of Fluid Mechanics

From drinking fountains at playgrounds, water systems in homes, and working bathrooms at schools to hydraulic bridges and levee systems, fluid mechanics are an essential part of daily life. Fluid mech...
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Curricular Unit 2014-07-01 Subject Areas: 2
Lessons: 2
Activities: 4
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Archimedes' Principle, Pascal's Law and Bernoulli's Principle

Students are introduced to Pascal's law, Archimedes' principle and Bernoulli's principle. Fundamental definitions, equations, practice problems and engineering applications are supplied. A PowerPoint® presentation, practice problems and grading rubric are provided. Lesson 2014-07-01 Subject Areas: 5
Curricular Units: 1
Activities: 3
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Above-Ground Storage Tanks in the Houston Ship Channel

Students are provided with an introduction to above-ground storage tanks, specifically how and why they are used in the Houston Ship Channel. The introduction includes many photographic examples of pe...
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Lesson 2014-07-01 Subject Areas: 3
Curricular Units: 1
Activities: 1
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Cartesian Diver

Students observe Pascal's law, Archimedes' principle and the ideal gas law as a Cartesian diver moves within a closed system. The Cartesian diver is neutrally buoyant and begins to sink when an extern...
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Activity 2014-07-01 Subject Areas: 0
Curricular Units: 0
Lessons: 1
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Rock and Boat

Students are presented with a challenge question that they must answer with scientific and mathematical reasoning. The challenge question is: "You have a large rock on a boat that is floating in a pon...
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Activity 2014-07-01 Subject Areas: 0
Curricular Units: 0
Lessons: 1
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Above-Ground Storage Tank Design Project

At this point in the unit, students have learned about Pascal's law, Archimedes' principle, Bernoulli's principle, and why above-ground storage tanks are of major concern in the Houston Ship Channel a...
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Activity 2014-07-01 Subject Areas: 2
Curricular Units: 0
Lessons: 1
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Timing a Speedbot!

Students strengthen their communicate skills about measurements by learning the meaning of base units and derived units, including speed—one of the most common derived units (distance/time). Working...
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Activity 2014-06-19 Subject Areas: 3
Curricular Units: 0
Lessons: 0
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The Car with a Lot of Potential

Working in teams of three, students perform quantitative observational experiments on the motion of LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT robotic vehicles powered by the stored potential energy of rubber bands. The...
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Activity 2014-06-02 Subject Areas: 2
Curricular Units: 0
Lessons: 0
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Gears: Determining Angular Velocity

Students work as engineers and learn to conduct controlled experiments by changing one experimental variable at a time to study its effect on the experiment outcome. Specifically, they conduct experim...
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Activity 2014-06-02 Subject Areas: 3
Curricular Units: 0
Lessons: 0
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Urban Stormwater Management

Engineers design and implement many creative techniques for managing stormwater at its sources in order to improve and restore the hydrology and water quality of developed sites to pre-development con...
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Curricular Unit 2014-05-24 Subject Areas: 1
Lessons: 2
Activities: 5
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