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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.

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Abstract

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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ID Code: 31098
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: siphon, gravity, atmospheric pressure, misconception, chain analogy, vacuum, tensile strength, hydrogen bonds, myth busters
DOI: 10.1088/0031-9120/45/2/006
ISSN: 0031-9120
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 12:15
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2014 20:12

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