Fluid Pressure and Flow

This simulation begins with an exploration of water pressure and atmospheric pressure. In the flow portion, scholars reshape a pipe and see fluid dynamics at work. The water tower portion encourages pupils to determine how water trajectory in a leaky water tower is altered by changing the variables of height and water level.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Compare and contrast atmospheric pressure and water pressure
  • Have class members use a plastic bottle to build their own leaky water tower and see how the trajectory changes
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires Java 1.5.0_19 or later on Macs and Java 1.5.0_15 or later on Windows and Linux operating systems
  • Includes a few teacher-submitted activities including how to use the simulation as part of a lab, as homework, and as a demo
  • Translates the activity into 44 different languages
  • Provides a document with insights into student thinking, including common misconceptions
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