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How does the bow of a ship influence water resistance?Featured science projectScience project video

Conclusion

The hypothesis that a  boat with a V-shaped bow and a curved bottom will have the least amount of fluid resistance, is proven to be true.

The study of fluid dynamics is useful in developing more fuel efficient  boats and planes.
 

Also consider

This science project can be repeated by varying the number of water pumps to simulate varying flow rates.

This experiment can also be repeated using different weights placed in the boat.

References

Bow (ship) – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bow_(ship)

Buoyancy - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buoyancy

Drag - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drag_(physics)

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Complexity level:
6
Project cost ($):
80
Time required:
1 day for preparation, 2 hours to carry out the science project experiment
Material availability:
Easily found
Safety concerns:

None