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Beginner's Guide to Aerodynamics
Forces on an Airplane and Resulting Motion


Subject Area: Physical Science

Grade Level: 7-12

National Science Standards:

  • Physical Science: Motions and forces.
  • Science and Technology:
    • Abilities of technological design.
    • Understandings about science and technology.

National Technology Standards:

  • Technology productivity tools: Use of content-specific tools, software and simulations (e.g., environmental probes, graphing calculators, exploratory environments, Web tools) to support learning and research; application of productivity/multimedia tools and peripherals to support personal productivity, group collaboration, and learning throughout the curriculum.
  • Technology communications tools: Selection and application of technology tools for research, information analysis, problem-solving, and decision-making in content learning.
  • Technology research tools: Select and use appropriate tools and technology resources to accomplish variety of tasks and solve problems; routinely and efficiently use on-line information resources to meet needs for collaboration, research, publications, communications, and productivity.
  • Technology problem-solving and decision making tools: Application of productivity/multimedia tools and peripherals to support personal productivity group collaboration, and learning throughout the curriculum; selection and use of appropriate tools and technology resources to accomplish a variety of tasks and solve problems.

Objectives:

After reading from a NASA Web-based textbook, you will demonstrate an understanding of the text by answering questions about the forces on an airplane and their resulting motions.


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 Forces on an Airplane (with text). Study the labeled diagram and read the explanation. Next, open the slide called Simple Aircraft Motion and study the chart. Then using the information shown at Airspeed Problems, complete the questions.


Assessment:

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

Evaluation:

You will demonstrate the ability to use information found on the World Wide Web to answer questions about the forces on an airplane and their resulting motion.

Submitted by:

Michele Kotick, The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio


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