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For their first assignment, students were encouraged to explore everyday fluid dynamics such as plumes of food coloring, flames, and smoke.
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David Levine

Small air bubbles drag Elmer's glue upwards through dish soap.
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Robert Irmiger

An air bubble rising through water drags dyed corn syrup in its wake.
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Gordon Browning

India ink falling through water shows the Rayliegh-Taylor instability.
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Sean Hulings

A falling jet of water fog (produced by dry ice) undergoes transition from laminar to turbulent flow.
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Justin Cohee

Upward oriented jets of water fog (from dry ice and water) interact.
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Jake Dembeck

Incense smoke streams are pulled downward by a fan.
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Chris O'Loughlin

Highlighter ink is squeezed from a pipette into laundry detergent and lit by UV light.
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Owen Hnath

Buoyant smoke flows around automotive engine valves.
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Travis Gaskill

A water droplet impact into dyed water creates a Worthington jet.
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Joseph Graham

A burst of water in a fountain at the top of its trajectory.
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Vanessa Ready

A turbulent fountain jet near the top of its trajectory
Brian Roche

A drop of water held up by vapor on a hot skillet demonstrates the Leidenfrost effect.
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Daniel Bodenstein

An air bubble ring blown by the photographer, viewed from below.
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Christopher Osborn

Time resolved (L) and time averaged (R) views through a sheet of falling water.
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Darwin Millard

Time resolved (L) and time averaged (R) views through a sheet of falling water.
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Mark Rizzuto

Fluorescent laundry detergent poured over a ball exhibits viscous, laminar flow.
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Christopher Miller

Molten aluminum flows away from a welding torch.
Grant Crowley

Water jets from a common bottle illustrate hydrostatic pressure.
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Brian Larsen

A magnetic stirrer creates a vertical vortex that extends upwards through a layer of Fluorinert into dyed water, deflecting the interface.
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Amanda Barnes

Water droplets hang from a cylinder, held by surface tension. The droplets act as lenses.
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Brock Ewing

Smoke swirls inside a soap bubble.
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Erik Hansen

A fluorescent (TeknoBubble) bubble collapses as air escapes from the bottom.
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Michael Long

A fluorescent (TeknoBubble) bubble collapses as air escapes from the bottom.
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Barry Whittaker

Rubbing alcohol disrupts the spread of food coloring over a pool of corn syrup.
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Megan Firestone

Ultra dish soap poured over food dye on a plate.
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Eli Luke

Liquid Paper spreads over a solution of fluorescent green ighlighter ink, dish soap and water.
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Phil Bollam

Blue food dye in slowly swirling milk.
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Brittany Moore

Suminagashi inks float in shallow water, disturbed by a surfactant solutiuon.
   
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Kaite Mcnally

Egg white and yolk, separated, sinking through water, viewed from above.
Trisha Harrison

Vegetable oil poured quickly into dyed cream.
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Mu Hong Lin

Colors caused by interference show thickness variations in photoresist spin-coated onto a silicon wafer.
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Tracy Eliasson

Liquid lenses formed by oil floating on water distort the grid beneath.
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Ray (Hsin Jui) Wu

Food dye falling through water illustrates flow around a 2 cm toy car, at Re = 1.
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Geoff Duckworth

A wood fire produces unsteady laminar flow.
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Shane Fagan

Food dye falls cleanly through vegetable oil, and spreads in water below.
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