Viscous Fluids

Elasticity and viscosity. Help your class understand the similarities and differences with an introduction to viscous fluids. After describing four types of fluid behaviors: shear thinning, shear thickening, Bringham plastic, and Newtonian, pupils learn how to measure and calculate the viscosity of liquids.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Divide the class into four groups and have them find fluids that exhibit one of the behaviors presented in the lesson
  • Research as a class the types of fluids that biomedical engineers need to be concerned about while designing medical devices
Classroom Considerations

  • The class should be familiar with elastic solids and how to calculate the modules of elasticity
  • The fifth part in a series of 10
Pros

  • Includes a presentation to aid in the understanding of the material
  • The the opening activity shows the association between the formula to calculate viscosity and Hooke's Law Equation 
Cons

  • The plan does not present a clear, engaging instructional method
Common Core

NGSS