Viscosity Races

Investigating the flow of liquids

By Genesis, Matthew, Kyle and Salih

Aim:

To test the rate at which different fluids flow.


Materials needed:

A stop watch

A tape measure

A ramp –a table and two tote trays (secured with masking tape).

30mls of each different liquid to test (water, oil, tomato sauce, honey and mayonnaise)

Small containers

Pencils

Recording tables/sheets

A plastic drop cloth to catch the mess

Calculators

Method:


1. Measure out 30mls of each liquid.

2. Set your stop watch to zero.

3. Tip one liquid at a time from the top of the ramp. Remember to communicate with your group to ensure the timer starts as you tip the liquid

4. Let the liquid flow for the set time you have decided and measure the distance travelled.

5. Record your results in the table.

6. Repeat for each type of liquid, recording your results as you go

7. Clean your ramp for the next test.

8. Tip one liquid down at a time how long it takes to reach the bottom.

9. Record your results in the table.

10. Repeat for each type of liquid, recording your results as you go

11. Record each group’s results as they become available

12. Using the calculator, determine the mean distance and speed for each liquid.

***Remember to video and take pictures during your investigation for later use.

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