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 Beginner's Guide to Aerodynamics Aircraft Trim Activity Subject Area: Physics, Algebra I + II Grade Level: 9-12 National Standards: Mathematics Demonstrate the ability to read written presentations of mathematics with understanding. Operate on expressions and matrices, and solve equations and inequalities. Science Physical Science: Motions and forces. Technology Research Tools - Use content-specific tools, software and simulations (e.g., environmental probes, graphing calculators, exploratory environments, Web tools) to support learning and research. Problem-Solving and Decision-Making Tools - Routinely and efficiently use on-line information resources to meet needs for collaboration, research, publications, communications, and productivity. Objective: After reading an explanation from a NASA Web-based textbook, you will demonstrate an understanding of the text by applying it to the calculation of wing and tail lift and wing and tail distance in trimmed flight. Beginner's Guide to Aerodynamics is a "textbook" of information prepared at NASA Glenn Research Center to help you better understand how airplanes work. Click Beginner's Guide Index to access the list of slides. Open the slide called Trimmed Aircraft (with text) and read the explanation on how to calculate wing and tail lift and wing and tail distance in trimmed flight. Then at Trimmed Aircraft Activity, complete the problems designed to demonstrate your ability to calculate wing and tail lift and wing and tail distance in trimmed flight. Assessment: You, or you and your partner(s), will be evaluated on the accuracy or feasibility of your answers. Evaluation: You will demonstrate the ability to use information found on the World Wide Web to learn how to calculate wing and tail lift and wing and tail distance in trimmed flight.   Submitted by: Dan Tuttle, Lorain Admiral King High School, Lorain, Ohio

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