
Beginner's
Guide to Aerodynamics
Trimmed Aircraft Equations Problem Set
Subject Area:
Algebra II
Grade Level:1112
National Mathematics
Standards:
 Apply integrated
mathematical problemsolving strategies to solve problems from within
and outside mathematics.
 Read written presentations
of mathematics with understanding.
 Follow logical
arguments.
 Use and value the
connections between mathematics and other disciplines.
 Operate on expressions
and matrices, and solve equations.
 Understand the
logic of algebraic procedures.
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 from a NASA Webbased textbook, you will use physical data
to solve equations described in the text.
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 Trimmed
Aircraft (with text) and read the explanation of the equations
for trimmed aircraft and total aircraft lift. Then using the information
shown at Trimmed Aircraft Equations
Problems, and additional information which you will access from the
World Wide Web, complete the problems designed to demonstrate your ability
to solve equations relating to aircraft data and to use matrices to solve
a system of linear equations.
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 solve equations using physical parameters.
Submitted by :
Corrine Rawlin, Wellington High School, Wellington, Ohio.
