The Science of Water and Fountains

Properties of Water There are several properties that make water important to life on our planet, as well as important to operating a fountain.
Gravity Understanding the force of gravity is important in understanding how fountains work.
Pressure Fountains use pressure to push or pull water against the pull of gravity.
Hero's Fountain This example applies the principles of both gravity and pressure.


Pumps in the Real World

Human Heart Pumps show up in other places besides fountains. One familiar pump is the human heart.
Automobile Fuel Pump Another common pump is an automobile fuel pump, which allows gasoline to pass from the tank to the carburetor.


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