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||Building a Pedagogically Sound Second-Year Physics Course in a Newly Revived STEM Program
||Large universities and colleges invest significant resources into their STEM-related departments, and thus smaller colleges can only compete by developing sound curricular and instructional programs well adapted to the academic profile of their student population. One good example is the recently revived two-year program of Engineering Science at Morrisville State College, part of the SUNY system. We present an experiment for PHYS 267, a second-year physics course on thermodynamics and fluids. We are designing this course based loosely on the SCALE-UP instructional model, and therefore this experiment is intended for a lecture-lab setting. The experiment is designed to illustrate for the Engineering Science students the difference between Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluids using a simple home-built rotational viscometer, based on simple principles of rotational mechanics. Using the torsional dynamics of the system, the students build flow curves (shear stress vs. shear rate) for a few sample fluids and determine their rheologic character. Students are then asked to determine the extent to which the given fluids deviate from the Newtonian approximation.
Morrisville State College
Mario Freamat; same affiliation