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Ch 8: MTEL Physics: Fluid Mechanics

About This Chapter

Review concepts and formulas related to fluid mechanics as you prepare for the MTEL Physics test. Let our video lessons and quizzes help you get ready for test day.

MTEL Physics: Fluid Mechanics - Chapter Summary

This chapter's lessons can aid you in your review of fluid mechanics concepts such as hydrostatic pressure and buoyancy as you prepare to take the MTEL Physics exam. The short videos will help you answer these types of exam questions:

  • Explaining the characteristics of fluids
  • Defining pressure and its characteristics
  • Performing calculations regarding hydrostatic pressure
  • Using Archimedes' principle to calculate force and density
  • Exploring fluid mass, flow rate and the continuity equation
  • Explaining Bernoulli's principle

These lessons are taught by expert instructors who will guide you through each topic as you prepare for the test. They explain concepts, demonstrate formulas and provide real world examples to help you learn.

Objectives of the MTEL Physics: Fluid Mechanics Chapter

Massachusetts requires that physics teachers pass the MTEL Physics exam as one of the conditions of certification. Information on fluid mechanics is in the exam's subarea on force and motion, which accounts for 14% of the test's score.

All the questions in this subarea are multiple-choice, as are the questions on the quizzes that follow each video lesson. Use these quizzes to assess your knowledge of fluid mechanics and also gain practice answering questions in this format.

6 Lessons in Chapter 8: MTEL Physics: Fluid Mechanics
Fluids in Physics: Definition and Characteristics

1. Fluids in Physics: Definition and Characteristics

Fluids really know how to move! As flowing materials, fluids have some unique properties that help us understand and describe them. In this lesson you'll explore what fluids are and how they are defined in the world of physics.

Pressure: Definition, Units, and Conversions

2. Pressure: Definition, Units, and Conversions

Have you ever wondered what pressure is and how it gets measured? In this lesson, we are going to define pressure and explain some of the units that are used to express measurements of pressure.

Hydrostatic Pressure: Definition, Equation, and Calculations

3. Hydrostatic Pressure: Definition, Equation, and Calculations

This video lesson will introduce you to hydrostatic pressure in a liquid, as well as provide examples for how to calculate the liquid's pressure at a given depth.

Buoyancy: Calculating Force and Density with Archimedes' Principle

4. Buoyancy: Calculating Force and Density with Archimedes' Principle

Knowledge of the buoyant force is important when trying to understand why some objects float while other objects sink. In this lesson you'll learn about this unique force and how we apply it to various situations using Archimedes' Principle.

Fluid Mass, Flow Rate and the Continuity Equation

5. Fluid Mass, Flow Rate and the Continuity Equation

Fluids rarely stay put, so we need to understand how they move. In this lesson, you will learn about how the movement of fluids is influenced by the space it passes through, as well as see examples of how to calculate aspects of this movement.

Bernoulli's Principle: Definition and Examples

6. Bernoulli's Principle: Definition and Examples

Understanding how a moving fluid's speed and pressure change as it flows along is not only important for building airplanes but also for backyard fun. In this video lesson you'll learn about Bernoulli's principle and identify some practical applications of this concept.

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