Week 3 - Properties of Gases and Liquids Explained by the Particle Model

1 Measuring Viscosity Using Flow Rate

Measuring Viscosity Using Flow Rate

Lesson 9: Measuring Viscosity Using Flow Rate

Textbook Readings

ScienceFocus 8
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Science in Action 8

Viscosity is a liquids internal resistance or friction that keeps it from flowing.
The amount of time it takes for a fluid to move is called flow rate and it is a way to measure viscosity. Again, it may be useful to think of viscosity as thickness. A thick or viscous fluid will take a longer time to move then a thin (or less viscous) fluid.

Background Information There are many ways to measure viscosity. The following demonstration tests flow rate of various substances.

Exercise 3.1
Experiment Time: Viscosity Lab
(Set up this lab physically if you would like)

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