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Kite Index

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Here is a list of all the topics available from the Beginner's Guide to Kites site. Clicking on the title will deliver a page with a slide and a scientific explanation of the contents. Click on the word "Animated" for the animated version of selected pages. If the number and variety of pages seems too intimidating, consider taking one of our Guided Tours through the web site.

* Animation files can be large (average 350K bytes)
** Java Applet

Label for Science Fundamentals
Three Phases of Matter
Newton's Laws of Motion
Newton's First Law
Newton's Second Law - F=ma
Newton's Third Law - Action & Reaction
Torques (Moments)

Label for Math Fundamentals
Functions
Area
Volume
Scalars and Vectors
Comparing Two Scalars - Ratio
Comparing Two Vectors
Vector Addition
Vector Components
Trigonometry
Sine-Cosine-Tangent
Ratios in Triangles
Pythagorean Theorem..Interactive**

Label for Kite Fundamentals
KiteModeler Interactive Simulator
Kites
Kite Construction
Kite Geometry
Control Line
Bridle Point Geometry
Kites - Newton's First Law
Forces on a Kite
Torques on a Kite
Balance and Stability
Launch and Flight
Control Line Equations
Determine Flight Altitude
Altitude Equation Derivation
Flight Altitude - Graphical
Kite Safety

Label for Atmospherics
Interactive Atmosphere Simulator
The Atmosphere
Air Properties Definitions
Air Pressure
Air Temperature
Air Density
Earth Model - Imperial Units
Earth Model - Metric Units
Mars Model - Imperial Units
Mars Model - Metric Units

Vertical Line
Vertical Line

Label for Aerodynamics
Aerodynamics of Kites
Dynamic Pressure
Kite Center of Pressure
Kite Torque Equation
Kite Lift Equations
Kite Drag Equations
Inclination Effects
Downwash Effects
Density Effects ..Interactive**
Velocity Effects ..Interactive**

Label for Weight
Determining Kite Weight
Weight Equation
Center of Gravity - cg
Kite Center of Gravity

Label for Aerodynamic Forcess
Four Forces on an Airplane
Wing Geometry ..Interactive**
Aerodynamic Forces
Center of Pressure - cp
Aerodynamic Center
Lift Equation
Lift Coefficient
Drag Equation
Drag Coefficient

Label for Other Topics
Wright Brothers Aircraft
Relative Velocity - Ground Reference .. Interactive**
Relative Velocity - Aircraft Reference
Boundary Layer
Bernoulli's Equation


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Editor: Tom Benson
NASA Official: Tom Benson
Last Updated: Jun 12 2014

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