Pascal's Principle Activities

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Pascal's principle shows that a change in pressure in a confined, incompressible fluid transmits throughout the fluid. This lesson provides activities that will help your students better understand the principle and its application.

Teaching Pascal's Principle

As a physics instructor or a general science teacher who incorporates physics into your instruction, you will likely spend some time focusing your students' attention on Pascal's principle. Having to do with fluid mechanics, Pascal's principle states that when pressure changes in a fluid that is confined and incompressible, it changes all throughout the fluid.

To help your students understand this complex principle and why it matters, you probably want to teach with some activities that let students take ownership over their own learning. The activities in this lesson appeal to a variety of learning styles and move students in closer to Pascal's principle.

Visual Activities

The activities in this section will be especially appealing to learners who tend to think visually, working with images and graphic organizers.

Diagram It

Many students will form a better understanding of Pascal's principle if they can draw a diagram of how it works. Ask students to work with partners to try to come up with a labeled illustration showing Pascal's principle in action. Their task is to make an original illustration that is nonetheless faithful to the underlying idea behind the principle.

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