ABSTRACT

The object of the experiment is to find out if ocean water viscosity makes a big enough difference at different temperatures for humans to be able to notice. This was inspired by an article in SURFER magazine.The hypothesis states that there will be a big enough difference for humans to feel with ease (25%). To test this one uses a home made viscometer made of a six foot plexiglass tube with photogates placed six inches from each end and a beaker glued to the bottom as a base (helps hold at a perfect right angle). After the viscometer is made one finds a puck shaped weight that barely fits through the pipe, the size makes no impact on results. The puck is then dropped and the photogates read the time. Compare different temperatures scaled to the temperatures of the ocean (will very at different cities). Take the percent difference in times and that is the percent impact of viscosity on which you base a conclusion. Testing should be done at least twice for greater accuracy. The result of the temperatures of Southern Californias beaches is 26.4% difference which is enough to conclude that humans can feel the syrupy texture of waves on colder days and the thinness on hot days. The object of the experiment is to find out if ocean water viscosity makes a big enough difference at different temperatures for humans to be able to notice. This was inspired by an article in SURFER magazine.The hypothesis states that there will be a big enough difference for humans to feel with ease (25%). To test this one uses a home made viscometer made of a six foot plexiglass tube with photogates placed six inches from each end and a beaker glued to the bottom as a base (helps hold at a perfect right angle). After the viscometer is made one finds a puck shaped weight that barely fits through the pipe, the size makes no impact on results. The puck is then dropped and the photogates read the time. Compare different temperatures scaled to the temperatures of the ocean (will very at different cities). Take the percent difference in times and that is the percent impact of viscosity on which you base a conclusion. Testing should be done at least twice for greater accuracy. The result of the temperatures of Southern Californias beaches is 26.4% difference which is enough to conclude that humans can feel the syrupy texture of waves on colder days and the thinness on hot days.