A practical example of a siphon at work
Hughes, Stephen W. (2010) A practical example of a siphon at work. Physics Education, 45(2), pp. 162-166.
In this paper, some classroom experiments are described for correcting the common misconception that the operation of a siphon depends on atmospheric pressure. One experiment makes use of a chain model of a siphon and another demonstrates that flow rate is dependent on the height difference between the inflow and outflow of a siphon and not atmospheric pressure. A real-life example of the use of a siphon to refill a lake in South Australia is described, demonstrating that the siphon is not only of academic interest but has practical applications.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||siphon, gravity, atmospheric pressure, misconception, chain analogy, vacuum, tensile strength, hydrogen bonds, myth busters|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Science Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy (130212)|
|Divisions:||Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Past > Schools > Physics
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2010 Institute of Physics Publishing Ltd.|
|Deposited On:||08 Mar 2010 02:15|
|Last Modified:||02 Aug 2015 15:06|
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