
Beginner's
Guide to Aerodynamics
Wing Area
LEVEL 2
Subject
Area(s):
Algebra II, Trigonometry
Grade
Level: 1112
National Mathematics Standards:
 Apply integrated
mathematical problemsolving strategies to solve problems from within
and outside mathematics.
 Understand the
conceptual foundations of limit, the area under a curve, the rate of
change, and the slope of a tangent line, and their applications in other
disciplines.
National Technology
Standards:
 Research Tools
 Use contentspecific tools, software and simulations (e.g., environmental
probes, graphing calculators, exploratory environments, Web tools) to
support learning and research.
 ProblemSolving
and DecisionMaking Tools  Routinely and efficiently use online
information resources to meet needs for collaboration, research, publications,
communications, and productivity.
Objective:
 After reading an
explanation from a NASA Webbased 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
Beginner's
Guide Index to access the list of slides. Open the slide called Wing
Area (with text) and read the explanation of why design engineers
have to calculate the area of wing planforms. 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.
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 complete
calculations involving motions and forces.
Submitted
by:
 Monroe Kennedy
Jr., Ph.D., Shaker Heights High School, Shaker Heights, Ohio
