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 Beginner's Guide to Aerodynamics Aircraft Trajectory Activity Subject Area: Algebra I, Physics Grade level: 9-12 National Mathematics Standards: Read written presentation of mathematics with understanding. Use and value the connection between mathematics and other disciplines. Apply algebra to operate on expressions and matrices, and solve equations and inequalities. National Technology Standards: 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 using it to complete an activity on aircraft trajectories.   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 Aircraft Motion (with text) and read the explanation on the basic equations of motion and acceleration. Then using the information shown at Aircraft Trajectory Activity, complete the problem designed to demonstrate your ability to calculate the trajectory of an airplane. 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 calculate the velocity, acceleration, time, and distance an aircraft has traveled. Submitted by: Melissa Hughes, Cardinal High School, Middlefield, Ohio

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