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Gravity-Driven Fluid Flow

First page of Gravity-Driven Fluid Flow

Product Type: Lesson Plan/Activity
Audience: Educators, Informal Education

Grade Levels: 5-12
Publication Year: 1997
Product Number: EG-1997-08-110-HQ
Subjects: General Science, Physical Science

In this activity, students combine liquids of different densities to observe the fluid flow caused by gravity-driven buoyancy and settling. Students conduct three different experiments to compare:

  • The effects of salt water and fresh water.
  • The effects of warm and cold water.
  • The effects of fluids of students' own choosing.

"Student reader" pages provide background information about gravity-driven fluid flow. Use the data sheets to assess student learning.

Gravity-Driven Fluid Flow [91KB PDF file]

This activity is part of the Microgravity Educator Guide.

Page Last Updated: December 31st, 2014
Page Editor: Flint Wild