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Sznitman, Josué; Stone, Howard A.; Smits, Alexander J.; Grotberg, James B. – European Journal of Physics Education, 2013

Dimensional analysis is often a subject reserved for students of fluid mechanics. However, the principles of scaling and dimensional analysis are applicable to various physical problems, many of which can be introduced early on in a university physics curriculum. Here, we revisit one of the best-known examples from a first course in classic…

Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Mechanics (Physics), Motion

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Drazin, Philip – Physics Education, 1987

Outlines the contents of Volume II of "Principia" by Sir Isaac Newton. Reviews the contributions of subsequent scientists to the physics of fluid dynamics. Discusses the treatment of fluid mechanics in physics curricula. Highlights a few of the problems of modern research in fluid dynamics. Shows that problems still remain. (CW)

Descriptors: Books, College Science, Fluid Mechanics, Foreign Countries

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Blanks, Robert F. – Chemical Engineering Education, 1979

A humanistic approach to teaching fluid mechanics is described which minimizes lecturing, increases professor-student interaction, uses group and individual problem solving sessions, and allows for student response. (BB)

Descriptors: Chemistry, Course Content, Engineering Education, Higher Education

Miller, Gerald E.; Hyman, William A. – Engineering Education, 1981

Describes the status of fluid mechanics courses in bioengineering curricula. A survey of institutions offering bioengineering degrees indicates that over half do not require fluid mechanics courses. Suggests increasing number of mechanics courses to increase the quality of bioengineering students and to prepare students for graduate work and more…

Descriptors: Biomechanics, College Science, Engineering Education, Fluid Mechanics

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Davis, Robert H. – Chemical Engineering Education, 1989

Discusses a course focusing on fluid mechanics and physical chemistry of suspensions. Describes the main themes of the lectures and includes a list of course outlines. Possible textbooks and many journal articles are listed. (YP)

Descriptors: Chemical Engineering, College Science, Course Descriptions, Course Organization

Using Smartphone Pressure Sensors to Measure Vertical Velocities of Elevators, Stairways, and Drones

Monteiro, Martín; Martí, Arturo C. – Physics Education, 2017

We measure the vertical velocities of elevators, pedestrians climbing stairs, and drones (flying unmanned aerial vehicles), by means of smartphone pressure sensors. The barometric pressure obtained with the smartphone is related to the altitude of the device via the hydrostatic approximation. From the altitude values, vertical velocities are…

Descriptors: Handheld Devices, Telecommunications, Motion, Aviation Technology

Keith, Jason M.; Silverstein, David L.; Visco, Donald P., Jr. – Chemical Engineering Education, 2009

Chemical engineering faculty members are often asked to teach a core course that they have not taught before. The immediate thought is to come up with some new ideas to revolutionize that core course in ways that will engage students and maximize learning. This paper summarizes the authors' selection of the most effective, innovative approaches…

Descriptors: Core Curriculum, Chemical Engineering, Classroom Techniques, Best Practices

Debnath, Lokenath – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2009

This tricentennial tribute commemorates Euler's major contributions to mathematical and physical sciences. A brief biographical sketch is presented with his major contributions to certain selected areas of number theory, differential and integral calculus, differential equations, solid and fluid mechanics, topology and graph theory, infinite…

Descriptors: Physical Sciences, Number Concepts, Topology, Calculus

Davis, Freddie J.; Lockwood-Cooke, Pamela; Hunt, Emily M. – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2011

Over the last few years, WTAMU Mathematics, Engineering and Science faculty has used interdisciplinary projects as the basis for implementation of a linked-class approach to Problem-Based Learning (PBL). A project that has significant relevance to engineering statics, fluid mechanics, and calculus is the Hydrostatic Pressure Project. This project…

Descriptors: Engineering Education, Undergraduate Students, Problem Based Learning, Interdisciplinary Approach

Pintao, Carlos A. F.; de Souza Filho, Moacir P. – European Journal of Physics, 2007

This paper proposes a different experimental setup compared with the traditional ones, in order to determine the acceleration of gravity, which is carried out by using a fluid at a constant rotation. A computerized rotational system--by using a data acquisition system with specific software, a power amplifier and a rotary motion sensor--is…

Descriptors: Mechanics (Physics), Motion, Computer Software, Scientific Concepts

Stephens, S.; Marder, M. – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2019

The education of physicists requires annual progress in mathematics through grades K-12, continuing on to high school physics, undergraduate instruction, and often many years of postgraduate study. The traditional domain of physics education research is the study of pedagogical techniques for a single lesson or a single course, but the physics and…

Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Mechanics (Physics), Scientific Concepts, Regression (Statistics)

Baldock, Tom E.; Chanson, Hubert – European Journal of Engineering Education, 2006

This paper describes the pedagogical impact of real-world experimental projects undertaken as part of an advanced undergraduate fluid mechanics subject at an Australian university. The projects have been organized to complement traditional lectures and introduce students to the challenges of professional design, physical modelling, data collection…

Descriptors: Student Projects, Mechanics (Physics), Active Learning, Teaching Methods

Luyben, William L.; Tuzla, Kemal – Chemical Engineering Education, 2010

Most chemical engineering undergraduate laboratories have fluid mechanics experiments in which pressure drops through pipes are measured over a range of Reynolds numbers. The standard fluid is liquid water, which is essentially incompressible. Since density is constant, pressure drop does not depend on the pressure in the pipe. In addition, flow…

Descriptors: Chemistry, Measurement Equipment, Science Laboratories, Scientific Concepts

Smart, Jimmy L. – Chemical Engineering Education, 2007

In this article, the author presents five problems that are representative of some of the "movie problems" that he has used on tests in various courses, including reactor design, heat transfer, mass transfer, engineering economics, and fluid mechanics. These problems tend to be open-ended. They can be challenging and can often be worked a variety…

Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Discovery Learning, Cognitive Processes, Undergraduate Students

Besson, Ugo – Science & Education, 2010

This paper presents an analysis of the different types of reasoning and physical explanation used in science, common thought, and physics teaching. It then reflects on the learning difficulties connected with these various approaches, and suggests some possible didactic strategies. Although causal reasoning occurs very frequently in common thought…

Descriptors: Learning Problems, Mechanics (Physics), Science Instruction, Teaching Methods