Lesson Plan: Laminar and Turbulent Flow of Viscous Fluids Physics

This lesson plan includes the objectives, prerequisites, and exclusions of the lesson teaching students how to model the motion of viscous liquids that can have a uniform laminar flow or a nonuniform turbulent flow.


Students will be able to

  • model the laminar flow of a viscous fluid that flows along a rectangular-prism-shaped channel,
  • use πœ‡=ο€ΌπΉπ΄οˆο€½Ξ”π‘¦Ξ”π‘£ο‰ο— to calculate the dynamic viscosity of a fluid that flows along a rectangular-prism-shaped channel,
  • describe how viscosity of a fluid affects the turbulence of the flow of the fluid,
  • use 𝑅=π‘‘π‘£πœŒπœ‡οŠ to calculate the Reynolds number of a flow in a pipe.


Students should already be familiar with

  • the fact that πœŒπ΄π‘£=πœŒπ΄π‘£οŠ§οŠ§οŠ§οŠ¨οŠ¨οŠ¨,
  • fluid streamlines.


Students will not cover

  • Stokes’ law.

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