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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.
Karp-Boss, Lee; Boss, Emmanuel; and Loftin, James, "Hands-on Oceanography. Diffusion at Work: An Interactive Simulation" (2007). Marine Sciences Faculty Scholarship. 194.
This article has been published in Oceanography, Volume 20, Number 3, a quarterly journal of The Oceanography Society.
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