Guide to Aerodynamics
Wind Tunnel Aerodynamics Activity
Algebra I, Geometry, Physics
- Demonstrate the
ability to read written presentations of mathematics with understanding.
- Operate on expressions
and matrices, and solve equations and inequalities.
- Physical Science:
Motions and forces.
- Science as
Inquiry: Understanding about scientific inquiry.
- Science and
Technology: Understanding about Science and 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.
and Decision-Making Tools - Routinely and efficiently use on-line
information resources to meet needs for collaboration, research, publications,
communications, and productivity.
- 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 area,
velocity, and pressure in a wind tunnel.
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
Guide Index to access the list of slides. Open the slides called Bernoulli's
Equation (with text) and Wind
Tunnel Aerodynamics (with text) and read the explanations
of the relationships between air velocity, pressure, and density in a
closed system of varying cross section like a wind tunnel. Then using
the information shown at Wind Tunnel Aerodynamics
Problems, complete the problems designed to demonstrate your ability
to calculate for air velocity and cross section in a wind tunnel.
You, or you
and your partner(s), will be evaluated on the accuracy or feasibility
of your answers.
- You will demonstrate
the ability to use information found on the World Wide Web to calculate
for air velocity and cross section in a wind tunnel.
Dan Tuttle, Lorain Admiral King High School, Lorain, Ohio