Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Fluid Viscosity part of Earth and Space Science:Summer 2010:Activities
The viscosity of a fluid describes its resistance to deformation. Water has a very low viscosity: the force of gravity causes it to flow immediately. Honey has a higher viscosity. Viscosity plays a critical role in planetary processes but students do not often intuitively understand it. In this lab students measure and calculate viscosities of liquids.
Artist rendition of solar system bodies. Not to scale. DetailsEarth and Space Science Course part of Earth and Space Science
For three summers (2010, 2011, 2012), this project ran a one-week course for middle and high school teachers to help them develop an understanding of earth and space science and explore methods of inquiry-based teaching. Topics covered in the course included planetary accretion and evolution and the place of the Earth in the solar system. As a part of their work, the participants developed teaching activities which are available via the website.
Early Earth 2007 Participants: Presenter