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Aerodynamics Index


Here is a list of all the topics available from the Beginner's Guide to Aerodynamics (BGA) 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.

Another method for reaching students, teachers and lifelong learners is the use of Distance Learning. While preparing presentations for students, many Power Point files have been developed for the Digital Learning Network using information from the BGA. Another group of Power Point presentations has been prepared concerning the exploration of space. Students and teachers are encouraged to copy the Power Point files to their own computers and to modify them as desired for their own presentations. We have also created a home page for all of our movies featuring Wilbur and Orville Wright.

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

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NASA Glenn History and Missions Activities
FoilSim Activities
Basic Aerodynamics Activities
Aerospace Lesson Plans
Cross-Word Puzzle Activity
Airplane Gallery

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Three Phases of Matter
Newton's Laws of Motion ..Movie
Newton's First Law - Inertia
Newton's Second Law - Force
Newton's Third Law - Action & Reaction
Torques (Moments)
Forces and Torques
Equilibrium - 2 Forces
Equilibrium - 3 Forces
Equilibrium - 2 Torques

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Rectangular and Polar Coordinates
Displacement, Velocity, Acceleration
Angular Displacement, Velocity, Acceleration
Scalars and Vectors
Comparing Two Scalars - Ratio
Comparing Two Vectors
Vector Addition
Vector Components
Ratios in Triangles
Pythagorean Theorem..Interactive**

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Conservation of Mass
Conservation of Momentum
Conservation of Energy
Euler Equations
Bernoulli's Equation
Navier-Stokes Equations
Lift of Rotating Cylinder ..Interactive**
Ideal Lift on Spinning Ball ..Interactive**
Ideal Flow Around Spinning Ball ..Interactive**
Conformal Mapping... Interactive **

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Animated Gas Lab...Animated
Gas Properties Definitions
Equation of State (Ideal Gas)
Specific Heats - cp and cv
Boyle's Law...Animated
Charles and Gay-Lussac's Law...Animated
Specific Volume
Kinetic Theory of Gases

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Interactive Atmosphere Simulator
The Atmosphere
Air Properties Definitions
Air Pressure
Air Temperature
Air Density
Air Viscosity ..Interactive**
Earth Model - Imperial Units
Earth Model - Metric Units
Mars Model - Imperial Units
Mars Model - Metric Units
Relative Velocity - Ground Reference .. Interactive**
Relative Velocity - Aircraft Reference
Cross Winds
Updrafts and Downdrafts
Lightning Strike

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SoundWave Interactive Simulator
Compressible Aerodynamics
Mach Number..Interactive**
Speed of Sound ..Interactive**
High Supersonic
Mach Calculator

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DropSim Interactive Simulator
Basic Object Motion
Object Motion Due to a Side Force
Ballistic Flight..Interactive**
Falling Objects - Newton's First Law
Motion of Free Falling Object
Free Fall without Air Resistance
Falling Object with Air Resistance
Terminal Velocity..Interactive**
Flight with Drag..Interactive**
Ballisitic Flight Calculator

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RangeGames Interactive Simulator
Simplified Aircraft Motion
Aircraft Motion - Newton's First Law
Aircraft Motion - Newton's Second Law
Aircraft Translations
Aircraft Rotations
Banking Turns
Range - Constant Velocity
Maximum Flight Time
Range Summary

Vertical line
Vertical line
Vertical line
Vertical line

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Airplane Parts Definitions
Turbine Engines
Wing Geometry Definitions ..Interactive**
Spoilers ..Interactive**
Flaps and Slats ..Interactive**
Stabilator ..Interactive**
Pitot-Static Tube - Speedometer

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Four Forces on an Airplane ..Movie
What is Weight? ..Movie
What is Lift? ..Movie
What is Drag? ..Movie
What is Thrust? ..Movie
Lift to Drag Ratio
Thrust to Weight Ratio
Excess Thrust (Thrust - Drag)
Forces in a Climb
Vectored Thrust
Airplane Cruise - Balanced Forces
Trimmed Aircraft
Momentum Effects
Density Effects ..Interactive**
Velocity Effects ..Interactive**

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Aerodynamic Forces
Dynamic Pressure
Center of Pressure - cp
Aerodynamic Center
Similarity Parameters ..Interactive**
Reynolds Number..Interactive**
Boundary Layer
Mass Flow Rate
Definition of Streamlines

Label for Thrust
Beginner's Guide to Propulsion
EngineSim Interactive Simulator
Thrust Equation

Label for Weight
Determining Aircraft Weight
Center of Gravity - cg ..Movie
Aircraft Center of Gravity - cg
Weight Equation ..Movie

Label for Lift
FoilSim III Interactive Simulator
Bernoulli and Newton
Objects with Lift ..Interactive**
Lift from Flow Turning ..Interactive**
Shed Vorticity
Equal Transit Theory ..Interactive**
Skipping Stone Theory ..Interactive**
Half Venturi Theory ..Interactive**
Factors That Affect Lift
Shape Effects on Lift ..Interactive**
Size Effects on Lift ..Interactive**
Inclination Effects on Lift ..Interactive**
Downwash Effects on Lift
Lift Equation..Movie
Lift Coefficient

Label for Drag
Factors That Affect Drag
Shape Effects on Drag
Drag on a Sphere...Animated
Size Effects on Drag
Inclination Effects on Drag
Drag Measurement
Induced Drag Coefficient
Drag Equation..Movie
Drag Coefficient

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Paper Airplanes..Plans
Fun with Gliders
Space Shuttle as a Glider
Three Forces on a Glider
Glide Angle
Vector Balance of Forces - Glider
Glider Trajectory Problem

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Beginner's Guide to Model Rockets
RocketModeler Interactive Simulator

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Beginner's Guide to Kites
KiteModeler Interactive Simulator

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Beginner's Guide to Wind Tunnels
TunnelSim Interactive Simulator

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Baseball Home Page
HitModeler Interactive Simulator
HitModeler Weather Interactive Simulator
CurveBall Student Interactive Simulator
CurveBall Expert Interactive Simulator
Soccer Home Page
SoccerNASA Interactive Simulator

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Wright Brothers Aircraft
Let's be Specific
Venus Airfoil

Guided Tour
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Beginner's Guide to Aerodynamics
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Editor: Nancy Hall
NASA Official: Nancy Hall
Last Updated: May 13 2021

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