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Hydropower

Title: Diagram of a Water Wheel
Type: Diagram
Date: no date
Source: Louis C. Hunter

Description: This diagram shows an overshot water wheel, as described by Oliver Evans in 1807.

Diagram of a Water Wheel

Activities:

  1. What do you think is the purpose of the wooden structure at the top of the diagram?



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  2. The lines drawn at an agle on the outer part of the wheel represent buckets that filled with water. The weight of the water turns the wheel. Why might the buckets be built at an angle instead of pointing straight out?



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  3. What would be the effect of increasing the amount of water flowing through the chute?



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  4. How might a wheel be made to spin more powerfully?



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