This video for math teachers was recorded at a set of locks in Chester, England.
Locks are an example of amazingly ingenious technology, invented hundreds of years ago and still working today. Without any electricity, fossil fuels or other ‘external’ sources of energy, locks merely use the power of gravity as it acts on water in an enclosed lock. The water flows into a closed section of the canal, causing the barge in that section to rise, and so raises a boat from a lower section of the canal to a higher one, in a few minutes.
N.B. If the QuickTime link is not displayed above, use the YouTube version of the video at the bottom of this page.
Locks, Chester, England –
If you follow the river upstream (to the right) in the above map, you will find further locks within Chester to look at.
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Cool Links for Classroom Use:
- Lock Simulation: http://www.pragmasoft.be/carnets/geo/ecluse/ecluse_simulation.html
- How Canal Locks Work
- Interactive web simulation:
- UK Canals Network – http://www.ukcanals.net/
- UK Canals Map – http://www.ukcanals.net/iwmap.pdf