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Volume 20 Issue 03

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Volume 20, No. 3

HANDS-ON OCEANOGRAPHY • Diffusion at Work—An Interactive Simulation

Lee Karp-Boss | School of Marine Sciences, University of Maine, Orono, ME, USA
Emmanuel Boss | School of Marine Sciences, University of Maine, Orono, ME, USA
James Loftin | School of Marine Sciences, University of Maine, Orono, ME, USA

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PURPOSE OF ACTIVITY

The goal of this activity is to help students better understand the nonintuitive concept of diffusion and introduce them to a variety of diffusion-related processes in the ocean. As part of this activity, students also practice data collection and statistical analysis (e.g., average, variance, and probability distribution functions). This activity is also used as an introduction for a subsequent lesson on stirring and mixing.

Citation

Karp-Boss, L., E. Boss, and J. Loftin. 2007. Hands-on oceanography: Diffusion at work—An interactive simulation. Oceanography 20(3):127–131, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2007.40.