Geology 127 (Hydrogeology)

California State University, Sacramento

Week 6: Total hydraulic head and energy of a fluid


Upon completion of this unit students should be able to:

  • Discuss the forces that act on a fluid

  • Distinguish between pressure head and elevation head

  • Calculate total hydraulic head

  • Convert depth-to-water measurements to total hydraulic head

  • Pass the first midterm!!


Reading Assignments:

Lecture 9: Fetter, pp. 113-118


Lecture notes:

Lecture 9


Homework assignments:

No homework this week: study and prepare your note card for the test on Thursday.  You can bring a note card to the test, and it can have anything on it, including formulas and example problems.  You are limited to one note card.  It can be 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches printed double sided, or 8 1/2 x 11 inches printed on a single side.  You can use your textbook for conversion tables only.  You will not be allowed to use the book for any other purpose.


Review for the test:

Note:  You may see questions on these tests from material that we have not covered.  You will not be responsible for a topic if it was not covered in the notes, the reading or in-class discussions.


Also see the link to the homework key from the assignment you will turn in on Wednesday:


Homework Key: Fetter, p. 110-111 # 7, 11, 15

2005 practice test

2006 practice test

2007 practice test

2008 practice test

2009 practice test

2010 practice test

2012 practice test

2012 test key