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This is a project for Calculus 2 students at Fitchburg State University. This project walks students through two examples of using definite integrals to determine the volume of objects: a bundt cake serves as the solid of revolution and the students build a structure from play dough that is not a solid of revolution.
This project for a Calculus I class was adapted from a similar set of problems from the Calculus series by James Stewart.
Measurement of the dynamic viscosity of Canola Oil using a ball drop
The viscosity of a particular fluid is an interesting parameter that plays an important role in fluid dynamics of that fluid. We chose the common household cooking item canola oil. Using a ball drop, we set out to measure viscosity at various temperatures and create a model for the viscosity of canola oil as a function of temperature, as well as an accurate measurement for viscosity at room temperature. It was found that the viscosity between 0 and 40 degrees Celsius can be approximated using an exponential function and that an estimation for viscosity at room temperature was not very difficult to obtain. The precision of this measurement was limited by uncertainty in lab equipment used to measure various quantities as well as the image analysis software we used and the limited frame-rate of our camera.