Teaching Open Channel Design with Programmable Pocket Calculators

by John D. Teasdale, California State Univ, Chico, Chico, CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulics and Hydrology in the Small Computer Age


The goal of the basic open channel flow course is to present the theory of steady flow of water in open channels and some channel design practice. This paper presents the evolution of computational procedures used in the course. The emphasis is to present the current advantages of programmable pocket calculators in teaching open channel flow. A necessary major part of the course is the methods used to calculate the hydraulic flow control parameters and surface profiles used in open channel design.

Subject Headings: Flow control | Flow profiles | Open channel flow | Water flow | Engineering education | Computer programming | Steady flow | Computing in civil engineering

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