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Beginner's Guide to Aerodynamics
Energy Activity


Subject Area: Physics

Grade Level: 11 - 12

National Standards:

Mathematics
  • Demonstrate the ability to read written presentations of mathematics with understanding.
  • Apply integrated mathematical problem-solving strategies to solve problems outside of mathematics.
  • Judge the validity of arguments.

Science

  • Apply the law of conservation of energy.
  • Apply the interactions of energy and matter.

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.

Objectives:

After reading an explanation from a NASA Web-based textbook, you will extend understanding of the text to a real life scenario and explore scientific laws and relationships mathematically. You will:
  • Calculate the potential energy of a glider.
  • Calculate the kinetic energy of a moving glider.
  • Calculate the change in velocity when potential energy changes to kinetic energy.

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 Forces on a Glider from the series and read the explanation. Then using the information, complete a set of problems designed to demonstrate your ability to apply what you have learned to scientific laws and relationships.

Click Energy Activity to begin the problems.


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 and apply it to scientific laws and relationships.

Submitted by:

Michael Burich, Shaw High School, East Cleveland, Ohio

E-mail: burich@juno.com


Related Pages:
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Aerodynamics Index

 

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Last Updated: Thu, Jun 12 04:46:38 PM EDT 2014

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