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NATIONAL MATH and SCIENCE STANDARDS
FoilSim meets many of the National Mathematics and Science Standards.

National Mathematics Standards: Mathematics as Problem Solving, Mathematics as Reasoning, Mathematical Connections, Algebra, Functions, Geometry from an Algebraic Perspective, Trigonometry, Discrete Mathematics, Conceptual Underpinnings of Calculus, Mathematical Structure.
National Science Standards: Science as Inquiry, Physical Science, Life Science, Science and Technology, Science in Personal and Social Perspectives.

FoilSim - Student was developed at the NASA Glenn Research Center in an effort to foster hands-on, inquiry-based learning in science and math. FoilSim is interactive simulation software that determines the airflow around various shapes of airfoils. The Airfoil View Panel (shown below) is a simulated view of a wing being tested in a wind tunnel with air moving past it from left to right. Students change the position and shape of the wing by moving slider controls that vary the parameters of airspeed, altitude, angle of attack, thickness and curvature of the airfoil, and size of the wing area. The software displays plots of pressure or airspeed above and below the airfoil surface. A probe monitors air conditions (speed and pressure) at a particular point on or close to the surface of the airfoil. The software calculates the lift of the airfoils, allowing students to learn the factors that influence lift. The software includes a stall model for the airfoil and a model of the Martian atmosphere for lift comparisons. The latest version (FoilSim III - Version 1.5a) performs a table look-up of experimental data to determine the drag of the foil. A technical paper describing the details of the mathematical method used in FoilSim is also available.

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DOWNLOAD YOUR OWN COPY:
FoilSim is available for downloading onto your computer. Here is the procedure to follow:

  1. Click Here to download a copy of Version 1.5a, FoilSim III Applet (lift plus drag).
  2. Click Here to download a copy of the older Version 1.5, FoilSim II Applet (lift only).
  3. The downloaded file is in .ZIP format. Store the file "FoilSim.zip" on your hard drive when prompted by your browser.
  4. Go to the directory where you have stored "FoilSim.zip" and open the program "WinZip".
  5. "Extract" all the files. If you skip this step, you will only see a grey box when you attempt to run FoilSim.
  6. Click on either FoilSim.html or Foil.html to launch your browser and load the FoilSim driver program. Foil.html is intended for experienced users and only displays the program; FoilSim.html includes instructions on program operation.

FoilSim - Elementary was developed at the NASA Glenn Research Center in an effort to foster hands-on, inquiry-based learning for younger students. FoilSim is an interactive simulation program that determines the lift and drag of an airfoil. Students can change the value of any of the input parameters by using the blue and red buttons located below the wing picture. Output is presented by colored bar graphs at the lower right. This program was intended for younger students to introduce the ideas of computer simulation programs and to prepare them to "move up" the student version of FoilSim at the proper time.

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DOWNLOAD YOUR OWN COPY:
FoilSim Elelemntary is available for downloading onto your computer. Here is the procedure to follow:

  1. Click Here to download a copy of Version 1.1c, FoilSim III Elementary Applet (lift plus drag).
  2. The downloaded file is in .ZIP format. Store the file "FoilSim.zip" on your hard drive when prompted by your browser.
  3. Go to the directory where you have stored "FoilSim.zip" and open the program "WinZip".
  4. "Extract" all the files. If you skip this step, you will only see a grey box when you attempt to run FoilSim.
  5. Click on Foil.html to launch your browser and load the FoilSim driver program.

COPYRIGHT NOTICE:
This software is in the Public Domain. It may be freely copied and used in non-commercial products, assuming proper credit to the author is given. IT MAY NOT BE RESOLD. If you want to use the software for commercial products, contact the author. No copyright is claimed in the United States under Title 17, U. S. Code. This software is provided "as is" without any warranty of any kind, either express, implied, or statutory, including, but not limited to, any warranty that the software will conform to specifications, any implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and freedom from infringement, and any warranty that the documentation will conform to the program, or any warranty that the software will be error free. In no event shall NASA be liable for any damages, including, but not limited to direct, indirect, special or consequential damages, arising out of, resulting from, or in any way connected with this software, whether or not based on warranty, contract, tort or otherwise, whether or not injury was sustained by persons or property or otherwise, and whether or not loss was sustained from, or arose out of the results of, or use of, the software or services provided hereunder.


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