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Aerospace Resources

Welcome to the Aerospace Resources developed at the NASA Glenn Research Center. This work has been supported by the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, and NASA HQ, through the Educational Programs Office at NASA Glenn. Many of these resources were developed under the Learning Technologies Project at NASA Glenn. This section includes the guides on various aeronautic and rocket principles, fun activities to teach students by example, and web-based simulations with pre and post-simulation exercises.

Classroom Activities for Students and Teachers
Some activities included are paper airplanes, wind tunnel building, puzzles, rockets, formula explanations and experiments.

Beginner's Guide to Aerodynamics
How do airplanes work? Why does a wing change shape on takeoff and landing?

Kid's Page
How do airplanes and engines work? Site for younger students

Re-Living the Wright Way
The math and science behind the invention of the airplane by the Wright Brothers

Beginner's Guide to Propulsion
How do jet engines work? Why are there different kinds of jet engines?

Beginner's Guide to Model Rockets
The Beginner's Guide to Model Rockets will show you the basic math and physics that govern the design and flight of model rockets.

Water Bottle Rockets
Bottle Rockets will show you how to design, build, and fly water-powered bottle rockets. Site for younger students.

Beginner's Guide to Kites
The Beginner's Guide to Kites will show you the basic math and physics that govern the design and flight of kites.

Beginner's Guide to Wind Tunnels
How do wind tunnels work? Why do aeronautical engineers use wind tunnels?

Beginner's Guide to Compressible Aerodynamics
What are shock waves? What happens in compressible flow?

Beginner's Guide to Hypersonic Aerodynamics
What is hypersonic flow? What happens to shock waves?

Aerodynamics of Baseball
How does the weather affect the flight of a hit ball? Why does a curve ball curve?

Aerodynamics of Soccer
How do you "bend" a soccer kick?

Foil Sim III
FoilSim III computes the theoretical lift and drag of a variety of airfoil shapes

EngineSim
EngineSim is a simulator that models the design and testing of jet engines.

TunnelSim
TunnelSim is a simulator that models the design and testing of wind tunnels.

Undergraduate Programs
This group of programs help you study compressible aerodynamics.

RocketModeler III
This program lets you design and study the flight of a model rockets and more!

KiteModeler
This program lets you design and study the flight of a kite.

CurveBall Simulator
Using the CurveBall applet, students learn more about aerodynamics by controlling the conditions of a big league baseball pitch.

HitModeler
Using the HitModeler applet, students learn more about aerodynamics by controlling the conditions of a big league baseball in flight.

SoccerNASA Simulator
Using the SoccerNASA applet, students learn more about aerodynamics by controlling the conditions of a soccer kick.

RangeGame
This program presents a variety of multiple choice math and physics problems involving aircraft performance.

AtmosModeler
This program lets you study how pressure, temperature, and density change through the atmosphere.

The GasLab
This set of computer animations lets you study the gas laws and the equation of state of a gas.


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Editor: Tom Benson
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Last Updated: Oct 07 2010

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