Oceanography The Official Magazine of
The Oceanography Society
Volume 19 Issue 02

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Volume 19, No. 2
Pages 151 - 154

HANDS-ON OCEANOGRAPHY • Settling Particles in Aquatic Environments: Low Reynolds Numbers

Emmanuel Boss Lee Karp-Boss Peter A. Jumars
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The purpose of this activity is to familiarize students with how a particle’s size, shape and orientation affects its settling at low Reynolds numbers. This activity can also be used to teach statistical skills (e.g., replication of measurements, propagation of error, type I vs. type II regressions).


Boss, E., L. Karp-Boss, and P.A. Jumars. 2006. Hands-on oceanography: Settling particles in aquatic environments—Low Reynolds numbers. Oceanography 19(2):151–154, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2006.85.