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Viscosity: Teacher Page
This site teaches students to determine how fluid a liquid really is by measuring its viscosity. The Teacher Page provides background information on viscosity and its relevance to volcanology (the viscosity of magma influences how it will behave in eruptions and lava flows), the formula for determining viscosity, an explanation of the experiment (procedures are on the Student Page), links to the Viscosity Data Tables and the Viscosity Histogram, and densities and viscosities of common liquids and lavas. This activity is part of Exploring Planets in the Classroom's volcanology section.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
  • Natural hazards
  • Physics
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Please contact Linda Martel prior to reproducing activities and information found on this web site. For general educational purposes, we ask that the original URL and the Hawaii Space Grant Consortium credit is clearly marked on each page or portion used.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-004-008
Related resources:
This resource is referenced by 'Exploring Planets in the Classroom'
This resource requires 'Viscosity: Student Page'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: Linda Martel
NASA Hawaii Space Grant Program