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Beginner's Guide to Aerodynamics
Lift Theories



Subject Area(s): Physics, Physical Science

Grade Level: 9-12

National Science Standards:

Demonstrate a knowledge of concepts and processes by using evidence, models, and explanation.

National Technology Standards:

  • Research Tools - Use content-specific tools, software and simulations (e.g., environmental probes, graphing calculators, exploratory environments, Web tools) to support learning and research.
  • Problem-Solving and Decision-Making Tools - Routinely and efficiently use on-line information resources to meet needs for collaboration, research, publications, communications, and productivity.

Objective:

After reading an explanation from a NASA Web-based textbook, you will demonstrate an understanding of the text by applying it to questions involving the theories of how a wing produces lift.


Beginner's Guide to Aerodynamics is a "textbook" of information prepared at NASA Glenn Research Center to help you better understand aerodynamics. Click Beginner's Guide Index to access the list of slides. Open the slides called Aerodynamic Forces, Incorrect Theory #1, Incorrect Theory #2, and Incorrect Theory #3 (with text) and read the explanations on lift and the popular incorrect theories on how lift is produced. Then using the information found in these slides, complete the Lift Theories Activity designed to demonstrate your understanding of the theories.


Assessment:

You, or you and your partner(s), will be evaluated on the feasibility of your answers.
 

Evaluation:

You will demonstrate the ability to use information found on the World Wide Web and complete questions which compare and contrast the theories of lift.

 

Submitted by:

Monroe Kennedy Jr., Ph.D., Shaker Heights High School, Shaker Heights, Ohio


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Last Updated: Thu, Jun 12 04:46:36 PM EDT 2014

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