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Beginner's Guide to Propulsion and EngineSim
Density
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  1. Prediction of mass of gas molecules in this classroom. Answers will vary.

  2. A. Mass of gas molecules in the classroom. Answers will vary.

    B. Materials List:
    One meter stick per group.
    Density of air = 1.229 kg/meters cubed. (Info in BGP Air Properties Definitions slide.
    )

    D. Procedure:
    Answers will vary but students should list their steps in an orderly fashion and have ready a place to record their measurements. Their procedure should demonstrate their understanding of density = mass/volume.

    E. Teacher Check:
    The instructor should check that students have thought out their steps before they proceed.

  3. A. Answers will vary.

    Altitude
    Your Variable ______________kg/m3













    What is the relationship between altitude and your variable, ________________? Answers will vary.

    B. How does this relationship relate to air density and to the functioning of a gas turbine engine? Answers will vary. Students should become aware that a gas turbine engine needs gas molecules to manipulate to high velocities to create thrust out the back of the engine. The engine uses Newton's third law of motion, action-reaction. As gas molecules become scarce the engine's ability to create thrust becomes more difficult.

    C. Reflection: Which atmospheric factors affect air density? Altitude, temperature, and air pressure.

    D. Start EngineSim to test your prediction. [Record the results of your test in the table provided below.] Answers will vary.

    Altitude
    Engine Performance








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