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Kite Index


Here is a list of all the topics available from the Beginner's Guide to Kites site. Clicking on the title will deliver a page with a slide and a scientific explanation of the contents. Click on the word "Animated" for the animated version of selected pages. If the number and variety of pages seems too intimidating, consider taking one of our Guided Tours through the web site.

* Animation files can be large (average 350K bytes)
** Java Applet

Newton's Laws of Motion
Newton's First Law
Newton's First Law - Kite Application
Newton's Second Law - F=ma
Newton's Third Law - Action & Reaction
Weight Equation
Center of Gravity - cg
Center of Pressure - cp
Torques (Moments)

Interactive Kite Simulator - KiteModeler **
Kite Construction
Kite Geometry
Control Line
Bridle Point Geometry
Forces on a Kite
Torques on a Kite
Balance and Stability ...Text Only
Launch and Flight
Control Line Equations
Flight Altitude - Calculation
Flight Altitude - Graphical
Kite Safety

Air Properties Definitions...Text Only
Atmospheric Model ..Interactive**
Air Pressure
Air Temperature
Air Density
Earth Model - English Units...Text Only
Earth Model - Metric Units...Text Only

Aerodynamics of Kites
Kite Center of Pressure
Kite Torque Equation
Kite Lift Equations
Kite Drag Equations
Inclination Effects
Downwash Effects
Density Effects ..Interactive**
Velocity Effects ..Interactive**

Determining Kite Weight
Kite Center of Gravity

Four Forces on an Airplane
Wing Geometry
Wing Area
Aerodynamic Forces
Aerodynamic Center
Lift Equation
Lift Coefficient
Drag Equation
Drag Coefficient

Relative Velocity - Ground Reference .. Interactive**
Relative Velocity - Aircraft Reference
Boundary Layer
Bernoulli's Equation


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by Tom Benson
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