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Beginner's Guide to Aerodynamics
Forces on an Airplane and Resulting Motion Activity
If so instructed by your teacher, print out a worksheet page for these problems.


Open the slide called Forces on an Airplane (with text). Study the labeled diagram and read the explanation. Next, open the slide called Simple Aircraft Motion and study the chart.

A. Answer the following questions.

(1) Which force on an airplane is always directed toward the center of the earth?

(2) Which force on an airplane can also be called a resistance force?

(3) Which force is responsible for moving the airplane forward?

(4) Which force do the wings of the airplane generate?

B. For questions 5-8, predict what effect the following flight conditions would have on the plane. (Would the plane rise, fall, slow, or accelerate?)

(5) Drag > Thrust

(6) Lift > Weight

(7) Thrust > Drag

(8) Weight > Lift


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