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We have designed and built a 5ft X 5ft stream table with two curves. The idea id to put a large disarticulated rat skeleton at the apex of the first curve. Introduce a constant volume and flow of water (at a constant gradient) and see how far the different body part will travel downstream.

The problem lies in writing the initial predictive model. I know how to use the Manning Equation to determine the velocity in an open channel. But, the problem then becomes how to use that information to determine how far the force will carry or drive the bones fragments. I would like use the mass of the bones in the prediction and vector scalars, adjusting the force and acceleration with the change of direction at the two curves.

The limiting factor lies in the math ability of my students. They are Pre-calculus ( between them they have Algebra I, algebra II, & trig.). so my calcualtions need to probably be trig/algebra based.

If anybody out there can assist me I would greatly appreciate your input.

Terry Nickerson