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||Cat lapping: a fluid physics project for undergraduate students
||In addition to having broad applicability in science, the study of fluids offers an opportunity for curiosity-driven research training, appropriate for senior thesis-type projects. In my fluid physics phenomenological approach, the student asks a "driving question" and designs (hands-on) observational experiments. This leads to a better understanding of theory. During the second phase, the student participates in quantitative experiments to investigate the validity of equations, concepts or to investigate new phenomena. This type of research uses inexpensive common laboratory materials that make it accessible at many levels. I will present an experimental investigation of cat lapping completed by a student researcher under my mentorship.
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Dr. Katrina Hay
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Matthew Hubbard, Pacific Lutheran University