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ERIC Number: EJ1083681
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: N/A
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0009-2479
Demonstration and Assessment of a Simple Viscosity Experiment for High School Science Classes
Floyd­-Smith, T. M.; Kwon, K. C.; Burmester, J. A.; Dale, F. F.; Vahdat, N.; Jones, P.
Chemical Engineering Education, v40 n3 Sum 2006
The demonstration of a simple viscosity experiment for high school classes was conducted and assessed. The purpose of the demonstration was to elicit the interest of high school juniors and seniors in the field of chemical engineering. The demonstration consisted of a discussion on both engineering and the concept of viscosity as well as a hands-on viscosity experiment. The experimental error for the viscosity determination was 3% as compared to the literature value in the absence of a temperature-regulating circulator, suggesting that the viscosity experiment is simple and robust enough for high school science classes. Furthermore, students' interest in chemical engineering increased by between 95% and 230%, based on a student survey and a paired-sample t-test.
Chemical Engineering Education, Chemical Engineering Division of ASEE. P.O. Box 142097, Gainesville, FL 32614. Tel: 352-392-0861; Fax: 352-392-0861; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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