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Fluid Mechanics

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As a sophomore in chemical engineering, you take a class called fluid mechanics. Just in case you were wondering, the term fluid refers to gasses and liquids. I know, that threw me off the first day too. Fluid mechanics refers to the study of fluids and the forces that act on them either still (statics) or in motion (dynamic).

Another aspect of being a sophomore chemical engineer is the sophomore slump. Don’t laugh or try to deny it, it’s a real thing. I have been experiencing a lot of that lately, but something yesterday gave me the motivation I had been trying so hard to find.

Part of the fluids class is a lab assignment, where we had to go up to our mountaintop campus in your selected lab group and run some tests on piping and the pressure drops across them. While we were running these tests, I was reminded of just how exciting my major is. Sure, this particular lab wasn’t the most exciting thing, but being able to operate machinery and collect data gave me a sense of enjoyment and fun I hadn’t gotten from my coursework in a while.

Research and development and laboratory work is what I want to do, and it was nice to be reminded of why I chose my major. I was so motivated, that I even began researching some topics on my own and coming up with some ideas for my future makeup line, which as you know is my ultimate goal. All I’m saying is be prepared for some pretty awesome products.

Maybe it’s the weather, maybe it’s the fact the semester is almost over, maybe it’s the fact that I feel good about chemical engineering, But I am just having a lovely day and hope you are too!


Author: lukayla17

Junior Chemical Engineer Major! My interests include makeup, the 1950s, netflix, and cosmetic science.

One thought on “Fluid Mechanics

  1. omigosh you have the same goals as me I am a freshman in college and I really want to create my own makeup as well and I want to be a chemical engineer as well. I was wondering how would I be able to get my own lab?

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