How Pumps Work: Operation & Performance


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In a basic piston type pump air enters and leaves the pump's outside cylinder on the downward stroke of the piston but not on the upward stroke. What allows this to happen?

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1. What is the primary purpose of pumps?

2. In the case of the rotary pump pictured in the article, what is most likely to cause a reduction in the efficiency of the pump?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Complete the worksheet and quiz to gauge your knowledge of pumps. Their operation and performance are topics on the quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The worksheet and quiz address the following:

  • The primary purpose of pumps
  • Operating a bicycle-type pump
  • Substances able to be pumped by pumps
  • How basic piston-type pumps work

Skills Practiced

These materials help you practice the following skills:

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained about a cause of reduction in the efficiency of a rotary pump
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about different types of pumps
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important details from the lesson on pumps

Additional Learning

How Pumps Work: Operation & Performance is a lesson that you can access to study more about:

  • The definition of a pump
  • Basic pump operation
  • How different pumps work