
Beginner's
Guide to Aerodynamics
Airspeed Activity
Subject Area:
General Math, Algebra I
Grade Level:
810
National Mathematics
Standards:
 Demonstrate the
ability to read written presentations of mathematics with understanding.
 Represent situations
that involve variable quantities with equations.
 Use tables and
graphs as tools to interpret expressions, equations and inequalities.
 Operate on expressions
and matrices, and solve equations and inequalities.
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 of relative velocities from a NASA Webbased textbook, you
will demonstrate an understanding of the text by applying it to solve
for aircraft launch airspeed requirements.
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
Relative Velocities (with
text) and read the explanation on how relative velocities are used
to calculate airspeed required for aircraft launch. Then using the information
shown at Airspeed Problems, complete the
questions.
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 relative velocity and airspeed required for launch/takeoff.

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