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Aircraft Trajectory Activity
If so instructed by your teacher, print out a worksheet page for these problems.

Open the slide called Aircraft Motion (with text) and read the explanation on how to calculate speed, distance, acceleration, and time in simple aircraft motion with force and mass constant.

Image of Airplane depicting  Lift, Thrust, Weight, and Drag, and 
           Newtons Second Law


You are the copilot on a Boeing 747. The Captain plans to make various changes in speed (velocity).

Assume that your aircraft is in simple aircraft motion with force and mass constant. As the copilot you must be able to correctly give the Captain the results of the changes in velocity. Using the motion equations shown above, solve for the unknown values to complete the following tables. Assume that X0 is 0.

 
Initial Velocity
(V0) km./hr.
Acceleration
(a) km./hr.2
Time
(t) hr.
Final Velocity
(V) km./hr.
300
50
2
 
 
50
3
500
250
 
5
450
400
25
 
600
600
 
10
400
TABLE 1

 

Initial Velocity
(V0) km./hr.
Acceleration
(a) km/hr.2
Time
(t) hr.
Final Velocity
(V) km./hr.
Distance Traveled
(X) km.
350
100
2
 
 
 
20
3
260
 
280
 
2
 
640
250
30
 
370
 
500
5
 
2250
TABLE 2

Related Pages:
Standards
Worksheet
Lesson Index
Aerodynamics Index

 

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Last Updated: Thu, Jun 12 04:46:42 PM EDT 2014

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