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Beginner's Guide to Aerodynamics
Aircraft Trajectory Activity

Subject Area: Algebra I

Grade Level: 9-10

National Standards:

Mathematics
  • Demonstrate the ability to read written presentations of mathematics with understanding.
  • Operate on expressions and matrices, and solve equations and inequalities.

Science

  • Physical Science: Motions and forces.

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 calculation of speed, distance, acceleration, and time in simple aircraft motion.


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 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. Then using the information shown at Aircraft Trajectory Problems, complete the problems designed to demonstrate your ability to calculate speed, distance, acceleration, and time in simple aircraft motion.


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 to learn how to calculate speed, distance, acceleration, and time in simple aircraft motion.
 

Submitted by: Dan Tuttle, Lorain Admiral King High School, Lorain, Ohio


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

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