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Friday, April 15, 2016

Effects of Waves in Water Transportation

The movement of water is more complex in reality than in the lab. Take a moment to write a list of phenomena which affect water transportation in real waterways, compared to a simple lab experiment in a tub.

Now, consider the picture of water in a natural reservoir below.

Discussion Questions
  1. What does the picture show? 
  2. What is colliding with the water? 
  3. What are the effects of the collisions?
  4. How is the water moving in this picture?
  5. Are these phenomena small or large? Name several comparison objects in the same order of magnitude (e.g., a leaf, a fishing boat, an ocean liner).
  6. Consider the waves in the picture more closely. Estimate the ratio of sizes of the waves, comparing the largest and smallest waves in height and width.
  7. Estimate the absolute size of the height and width of the waves in millimeters.
  8. Do the waves have an additive effect? If so, show at least 2 examples on the picture.
  9. Do the waves have a cancelling effect? If so, show at least 2 examples on the picture.
  10. Would these waves affect the water transportation of humans or cargo? If so, how?
  11. How do the motion of waves in an ocean compare to the waves in this picture? Do these waves affect transportation of humans or cargo? If so, how? 
  12. What is the order of magnitude of difference between the waves in this picture and waves in a river? In an ocean? Use a reference book, if necessary.

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