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Beginner's Guide to Aerodynamics
Aircraft Motion

LEVEL 1

Subject Area(s): Physics, Algebra I

Grade Level: 10-12

National Standards:

Science
Complete calculations involving motions and forces.

Mathematics

Operate on expressions and matrices, and solve equations and inequalities.

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 calculations involving the motion of an airplane.

Beginner's Guide to Aerodynamics is a "textbook" of information prepared at NASA Glenn Research Center to help you better understand aerodynamics. Click Beginner's Guide Index to access the list of slides. Open the slide called Aircraft Motion (with text) and read the explanation on Newton's Second Law and how it applies to the motion of an airplane. Then using the information shown at Aircraft Motion Activity, complete the problems designed to demonstrate your ability to complete calculations involving the motion 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 and understand information found on the World Wide Web by completing the calculations involving motions and forces.
 

Submitted by:

Monroe Kennedy Jr., Ph.D., Shaker Heights High School, Shaker Heights, Ohio

Related Pages:
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Worksheet
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Aerodynamics Index

 

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Last Updated: Thu, Jun 12 04:46:36 PM EDT 2014

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