What are fluids? What are they made of and how do we use them? What properties of fluids are important to their use?

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The Penny Boat Challenge

By the time you finish this unit you should be able to:

  • explain the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) symbols for labeling substances; and describe the safety precautions to follow when handling, storing and disposing of substances at home and in the laboratory
  • identify examples of fluids in household materials, technological devices, living things and natural environments
  • identify properties of fluids that are important in their selection and use
  • describe examples in which materials are prepared as fluids in order to facilitate transport, processing or use
  • describe and interpret technologies for moving fluids from one place to another
  • distinguish among pure substances, mixtures and solutions, using common examples
  • investigate the solubility of different materials, and describe their concentration
  • investigate and identify factors that affect solubility and the rate of dissolving a solute in a solvent
  • relate the properties of mixtures and solutions to the particle model of matter
  • describe technologies based on the solubility of materials
  • compare fluids, based on their viscosity and flow rate, and describe the effects of temperature change on liquid flow
  • describe and interpret technologies based on flow rate and viscosity
  • observe the mass and volume of a liquid, and calculate its density using the formula d = m/v
  • compare densities of materials; and explain differences in the density of solids, liquids and gases, using the particle model of matter
  • describe methods of altering the density of a fluid, and identify and interpret related practical applications
  • describe pressure as a force per unit area, and describe applications of pressure in fluids and everyday situations
  • compare the compressibility of liquids and gases

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Topics 1-3 Matter, Mixtures, Solutions and Methods of Separation

Topics 4-6 Viscosity, Density and Buoyancy

Topics 7-8 Fluid Pressure, Hydraulics and Pneumatics


Mix and Flow of Matter Resources and Activities