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Power, Work, and the Water Wheel

Source: Teach Engineering

Description: Civil, geotechnical, environmental, mechanical and electrical engineers collaborate to design and construct dams that generate electricity from the flow of water. When engineers design these dams, called hydroelectric power plants, they calculate the amount of power that can be generated by the plant. Knowing the dam's potential power generation, they can further estimate the maximum rural or urban region that can be supplied with electricity generated from the dam.

Topics explored: hydropower basics; dam engineering; power plants; activity

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• Visualizations, Animations, Videos, Games


• Engineering


• Energy Basics