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Beginner's Guide to Propulsion
What Would You Fly?
Activity
If so instructed by your teacher, print out a worksheet page for these problems.

Activity:

This activity will give you a chance to explore the Internet for different types of aircraft engines and write a narrative essay using the information you find.

Materials:

  • computer with word processing program and Internet capability
  • pencil/pen
  • paper

Procedure:

  1. Go to NASA's Beginner's Guide to Propulsion.
  2. Read the introductory information.
  3. Click on the "Propulsion Index" button.
  4. Click on Gas Turbine Propulsion which is under Propulsion Systems.
  5. Read the information. You may want to check out the links near the end which talk about types of engines, like Turboprop or Turbojet.
  6. Using the information you have found on the Internet, write an essay based on this scenario: "You are at home and need to get to Tokyo, Japan. What kind of airplane engine would you use to fly there and why?"
  7. Using good writing skills, revise your paper.
  8. Use a word processing program to complete the final essay on the computer.
  9. As an extension activity, look up the maximum speed your airplane engine allows you to travel. How fast could you get to Tokyo from your home town going maximum airspeed?

 


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Last Updated: Thu, Jun 12 04:39:31 PM EDT 2014

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