Lesson Plan: Steady and Turbulent Flow Physics

This lesson plan includes the objectives and exclusions of the lesson teaching students how to describe the difference between the motion of fluids in steady and turbulent fluid flow.


Students will be able to

  • understand that a flowing fluid can be modeled as consisting of individual streams/layers in which the fluid may flow at different speeds,
  • understand that a viscous fluid is one where streams/layers with different speeds that are in contact exert forces on each other that act to divert the flow direction,
  • understand that smoother flow corresponds to flow direction and speed remaining more constant over a flow region,
  • understand that more turbulent flow corresponds to flow direction and speed changing over a flow region more than it would for a smoother flow,
  • interpret the flow of a fluid in diagrams of lines depicting the direction and speed of streams/layers of the fluid.


Students will not cover

  • quantitative analysis of flow of any kind.

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