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Fluids Lab

9:05 AM

I roll out of bed.

9:42 AM

I join the line for KAF (King Arthur Flour) in the library. I order a hot latte, thinking ahead about keeping my hands warm during the long trek to the Life Sciences Center (LSC) (only about ten minutes, but still).

10:10 - 11:15 AM

Instead of our usual lectures in Thayer (the engineering school), this week for Environmental Engineering (ENGS 37) we have field trips. My group meets up at the LSC for a tour of the LEED platinum certified building. 

11:26 AM

I grab some soup from Novack and head to the stacks to work on my pre-lab for ENGS 22 and my risk-assessment homework for ENGS 37. The stacks are colder than the rest of the library, which keeps me from falling asleep.

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Prelab in the stacks
Finishing up the fluids lab pre-lab in the stacks.

2:10 - 3:15 PM

In class for Systems (ENGS 22), we go over fluidic systems. You can model a lot of fluidic systems with electrical circuit analogs. Pressure differences in fluidic systems are like voltage differences in electrical systems, and therefore volumetric flow in a pipe is going to be like current through a wire. For example, the fluidic system I modeled for the pre-lab had an analog series RLC circuit. I already knew the rules for the electrical system, so it made solving for the fluidic system fairly simple. How cool is that?

4:35 - 5:25 PM

Tim, a local architect, teaches lessons on the CAD program Rhino 3D every Wednesday for our Architecture II x-hour.

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Isabel Arch 2 Section
My rhino skills are getting better! I learned how to use a clipping plane to get this section image of my project.

6:30 PM

I grab a quick dinner at Collis then walk over to Thayer.

7:00 - 10:00 PM

It’s time for lab! There are three different RLC systems with different capacitances to look at. My lab partner and I analyze the one with the smallest capacitance. We determine resonant frequency for the system as well as other necessary values. I finish lab quickly and gleefully leave an hour and a half early.

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Fluids Lab
The three tubes act as different capacitances due to their respective sizes.

9:10 PM

I distribute candy to my residents, because surprise, it’s Halloween! I’m a UGA for upperclassmen, which is essentially like an RA at other schools.

9:37 PM

My friend sends me an SOS text about the pre-lab (he has lab the following day) so I meet up with him in the library to help. I feel incredibly cool and smart because I know how to do everything. Was I just as confused as him two days ago? Absolutely. It just goes to show that a lot of learning can take place over a short period of time.

10:43 PM

My friend lets me back into my building because I left my ID in my room (oops!).

12:12 AM

I crawl back into bed. It’s been a long but fulfilling day.

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