Guide to Aerodynamics
Pitot Tube Activity
Algebra I, Physics
- Read written presentation
of mathematics with understanding.
- Use and value the
connection between mathematics and other disciplines.
- Apply algebra to
operate on expressions and matrices,and solve equations and inequalities.
- 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 using it to complete an activity using
a pitot tube to calculate the speed of an airplane.
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
Guide Index to access the list of slides. Open the slide called
Tube (with text) and read the explanation on how a pitot
tube is used on aircraft as a speedometer. Then using the information
shown at Pitot Tube Activity, complete the
problem designed to demonstrate your ability to calculate the speed of
an airplane using a pitot tube.
or you and your partner(s), will be evaluated on the accuracy or feasibility
of your answers.
- You will demonstrate
the ability to use information found on the World Wide Web to calculate
the speed of an aircraft using the difference in pressure measured with
a pitot tube.
Melissa Hughes, Cardinal High School, Middlefield, Ohio