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The Physics Teacher
published by the American Association of Physics Teachers
written by Robert Egler
This article, from The Physics Teacher, explains how water puts out fires. It also contains a description of how firefighters determine the water pressure for their hoses--and this physics is taught in fire academies.
The Physics Teacher: Volume 28, Issue 9, Pages 599
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Access Rights: Free access
Restriction: © 1990 AAPT
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DOI: 10.1119/1.2343173
PACSs: 44.60.+k
Keywords: Friction, Pressure, Pressure head, combustion, fire, firefighter, heat of vaporization, pressure, water
Record Creator: Metadata instance created October 29, 2007 by Ann Deml
Record Updated: Jul 07, 2009 by Ed Lee
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December 1, 1990
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R. Egler, Phys. Teach. 28 (9), 599 (1990), WWW Document, (
R. Egler, The Physics of Firefighting, Phys. Teach. 28 (9), 599 (1990), <>.
APA Format
Egler, R. (1990, December 1). The Physics of Firefighting. Phys. Teach., 28(9), 599. Retrieved July 29, 2016, from
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Egler, Robert. "The Physics of Firefighting." Phys. Teach. 28, no. 9, (December 1, 1990): 599, (accessed 29 July 2016).
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Egler, Robert. "The Physics of Firefighting." Phys. Teach. 28.9 (1990): 599. 29 July 2016 <>.
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