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For most of the semester, students were put in mixed teams of graduate and undergraduate, photography and engineering. The teams were given access to a range of flow visualization equipment and experiments, and were also encouraged to create their own apparatus. Students were encouraged to work in teams, but solo projects were allowed. In teams, students worked both as artist plus assistants, and in fully collaborative arrangements, although each student was responsible for creative control of one image or video.



Sam Sommers, Joshua Hecht, Mitch Stubbs, Hamed Yazdi, Ernesto Grossman

Laser light scattered by an opal glass lampshade.
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Hamed Yazdi, Joshua Hecht, Mitch Stubbs, Ernesto Grossman, and Sam Sommers.

Laser light scatters as it passes through fog, glass, syrup, bubbles and a syringe.
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Mitch Stubbs, Joshua Hecht, Hamed Yazdi, Ernesto Grossman, and Sam Sommers.

Laser light focused by a lens in a foggy room.
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Ernesto Grossmann, Joshua Hecht, Mitch Stubbs, Hamed Yazdi, and Sam Sommers.

Laser beam refracted through a surfactant/fatty acid interface, in foggy air.
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Joshua Hecht, Mitch Stubbs, Hamed Yazdi, Ernesto Grossman, and Sam Sommers.

Total internal reflection at the interface between water and liquid soap conducts light across the container.
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Jeremy Baugh

A colored light loop is projected through a tank of rotating water, resulting in focused patterns on the floor beyond.
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Greg Lundeen and Ryan Kelly

Combustion in super fine steel wool propagates along the fibers, and also jumps via sparks.
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Ryan Kelly and Greg Lundeen

Combustion in super fine steel wool propagates along the fibers, and also jumps via sparks.
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Michael Chilton

A simple nozzle at the exit of an isopropyl alcohol-fueled bottle rocket enhances the combustion.
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Devin Ohmart

A butane torch flame turns orange after passing through a coil of copper wire.
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Travis Brown

A toothpick burns with a laminar flame.
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George Seese, Nick Travers

Schlieren shows a mushroom shaped plume of hot gas when a lighter is first struck.
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Joshua Lester

Flames from burning paper and synthetic lights are digitally combined in a kaleidoscope pattern.
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Colin Stewart

Incense sticks burn above a bowl of rubbing alcohol.
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Andrew Tycksen

Vortexes can be seen at the edges of stage fog billows.
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Nick Beato

A puff of stage fog is illuminated by a laser swept through it.
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Brayden Hass, David Oakley

A smoke plume cools and becomes negatively buoyant after impinging on a curved surface.
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David Oakley, Brayden Hass

A smoke plume cools and becomes negatively buoyant after impinging on a curved surface.
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Nick Travers, George Seese.

Cold water plumes fall from floating ice in water, shown by color schlieren, with patterns repeated in post-processing.
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Peter Davis

Food dye droplets suspended in vegetable oil.
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Qian Li

Water droplets vibrate after coalescence during condensation, filmed at 500 frames per second.
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Emily Howard, Preston Wheeler

Colliding water jets result in a 'fishbone' instability.
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Preston Wheeler, Emily Howard

Colliding water jets result in a 'fishbone' instability.
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Guy Casavan, Ankit Sharma, Braydon Hass

Ferrofluid in a water suspension is attracted to a magnet to the side.
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Ankit Sharma, Guy Casavan, Brandon Hass

The normal field instability produces spikes in ferrofluid in a magnetic field.
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Jeff Byrne and Jake Anderegg

A top view of a Worthington jet, made by food dye dropped into milk from a height of six feet.
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Jake Anderegg and Jeff Byrne.

Food dye droplet falling from a height of six feet results in a crown splash.
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Andrew Fish

A golf ball dropped into oobleck produces no splash, while a drop into water does.
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Nick Shearon, Zach Strande

Buoyancy makes a shallowly impacting ball bounce on water.
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Hayley Schneider

A stream of shampoo bounces several times on impact with an inclined surface due to a thin layer of air.
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Anthony Johnson, Alexander Ting

Trailing vortexes can be seen at the ends of a magnetic stirring bar in dyed milk.
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Alexander Ting, Anthony Johnson

Trailing vortexes can be seen at the ends of a magnetic stirring bar in dyed milk.
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Jennie Jorgenson, Joshua Smith and Benjamin Pacheco

Layers of poured paint result in non-diffusive mixing due to the low Reynolds number.
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Joshua Smith, Jennie Jorgenson and Benjamin Pacheco

Layers of poured paint result in non-diffusive mixing due to the low Reynolds number.
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Benjamin Pacheco, Jennie Jorgenson, Joshua Smith

Layers of poured paint result in non-diffusive mixing due to the low Reynolds number and thixotropic behavior of paint.
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Douglas Schwichtenberg

Foam on South Boulder Creek swirls into a pocket along the bank.
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Amanda Childress

Cumulus, 7:23 pm on April 19th 2012, Boulder CO.
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Nick Cote

Irisation or iridescence at the edge of a stratocumulus cloud, March 30, 2012, at 5:17 pm near the Colorado border with Wyoming.
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Alyssa Berg

Small disks move in the breeze in a 'wind sculpture' by Ned Kahn on the ITLL exterior.
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Nathan Amack

Sloshing in a tank disturbs wakes of ink drops as they settle.
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Kerylyn Lay

The wake of a rock in a draining wave disturbs local sand striations.
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Jacob Wright

A single video frame captures the spray as a projectile from a slingshot penetrates a soda can.
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Aaron Coady, Sreyas Krishnan

A bursting soap bubble, before(right) and during (left), mirrored up and down.
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Sreyas Krishnan, Aaron Coady

The interface between two bubbles minimizes strain energy.
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Scotty Hamilton

Humans can blow toroidal air bubble vortex rings underwater too.
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