
Beginner's
Guide to Propulsion
Forces
in a Climb  Vectors
Subject Area(s):
PreCalculus, Algebra II
Grade Level: 912
National Standards:
Science
Science
and Technology  Understandings about science and technology.
Technology
Technology
Productivity Tools  Use technology tools and resources for managing
and communicating personal/professional information.
Technology
Communications Tools  Select and apply technology tools for research,
information analysis, problemsolving, and decisionmaking in content
learning.
Mathematics
Mathematics
as ProblemSolving  Apply the process of mathematical modeling
to realworld situations.
Mathematical Connections  Recognize equivalent expressions of
the same concept.
Algebra  Operate on expressions and matrices, and solve equations
and inequalities.
Trigonometry  Explore realworld phenomena using the sine and
cosine functions.
Mathematics as Communication  Reflect on and clarify their thinking
about mathematical ideas and relationships.
Objectives:
After reading
Forces
in a Climb and
Vector
Components
from the Beginner's
Guide to Propulsion, you will show that you understand the information
by explaining each of the formulas using vectors.
The Beginner's
Guide to Propulsion is a Web site of information prepared at NASA
Glenn Research Center to help you better understand aircraft engine propulsion.
In the Propulsion
Index, locate
Math Fundamentals and open the slide entitled
Vector
Components. Then find
Aircraft Motion and open the slide entitled
Forces
in a Climb Study the slides and use them as background information
to help you complete the activity.
Assessment:
You will
be evaluated on the accuracy and/or feasibility of your answers.
Evaluation:
You will
demonstrate your ability to explain the equations by using vectors.
Submitted by:
Sheila Kegg, North Olmsted City Schools, North Olmsted, Ohio
