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ERIC Number: EJ1004657
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jan
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
Learning about Non-Newtonian Fluids in a Student-Driven Classroom
Dounas-Frazer, D. R.; Lynn, J.; Zaniewski, A. M.; Roth, N.
Physics Teacher, v51 n1 p32-34 Jan 2013
We describe a simple, low-cost experiment and corresponding pedagogical strategies for studying fluids whose viscosities depend on shear rate, referred to as "non-Newtonian fluids." We developed these materials teaching for the Compass Project, an organization that fosters a creative, diverse, and collaborative community of science students at UC Berkeley. Incoming freshmen worked together in a week-long residential program to explore physical phenomena through a combination of conceptual model-building and hands-on experimentation. During the program, students were exposed to three major aspects of scientific discovery: developing a model, testing the model, and investigating deviations from the model. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California