Guide to Aerodynamics
National Mathematics Standards:
- Operate on expressions
and matrices, and solve equations and inequalities.
- Represent problem
situations with geometric models and apply properties of figures.
- 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 calculations involving
the area of a wing.
Beginner's Guide to
Aerodynamics is a "textbook" of information prepared at NASA Glenn Research
Center to help you better understand aerodynamics. Click
Guide Index to access the list of slides. Open the slide called Wing
Area (with text) and read the explanation of why design engineers
calculate the area of wing planforms (planform is the total
surface of the wing surface from above). Then using the information shown
at Wing Area, complete the Wing Area Activity
designed to demonstrate your ability to complete calculations involving
the area of a planform.
- You, or you and
your partner(s), will be evaluated on the accuracy or feasibility of
- You will demonstrate
the ability to use information found on the World Wide Web and complete
calculations involving motions and forces.
- Monroe Kennedy
Jr., Ph.D., Shaker Heights High School, Shaker Heights, Ohio