Temperature and Pressure
on Airplane Surfaces
Subject Area: Science, Technology, and Mathematics
Grade Level: 9-12
Apply the concept of force and inertia to predict the
motion of objects.
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After reading the explanation given below, use the World
Wide Web to access additional information needed to complete the
activities on temperature and pressure.
Consider the relationship between forces and motion on a sizable
object. On each element of surface area the adjacent fluid particle
exerts, in general, a normal force (pressure) and a tangential force
(friction that results in temperature). They both have a component in
the direction of the oncoming flows.
In the activities, students are to predict where they think the
temperature and pressure will be the greatest and where the pressure
will be the lowest before they go online using the first two
diagrams. After they have made their predictions, give them copies of
the second two diagrams. If you have only one computer, you can
project the color diagrams for the students to view.
Click here to begin the Temperature and
You, or you and your partner(s), will be evaluated on the
accuracy or feasibility of your answers.
You will be able to use the World Wide Web to access
additional information needed to complete the activity that
predicts pressure and temperature on an airplane and then allows
you to read the color-coded chart to prove/disprove your
Submitted by: Rhonna Smith, Olmsted Falls High School,
Olmsted Falls, Ohio.