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- Kelly W., Student teacher
- Independence, IA
Aerodynamics Teacher Resources
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Learners explore that prehistoric people had to have a good knowledge of the physical world around them in order to choose the best material for spear production. They also explore that prehistoric people were intelligent beings who experimented with the materials around them in an attempt to raise their level of techonology and make their lives easier and more productive.
Students explore the concept of flight. In this flight lesson, students make paper airplanes with different designs. Students change the angle of launch and thrust and record the distances and time spent in air for each flight. Students add weight to the planes to see how it affects the flight. Students determine the Reynolds number of their planes.
In this International Space Station worksheet, learners are given the altitude changes in the space station on a graph from 2000-2004. Students answer 5 questions about the trends in the graph, the changes in altitude, the reason for the changes in altitude and the number of re-boosts in the graph.
The history of aerodynamics is rich with experimentation and international collaboration. Author Joyce Bryant relays this dynamic past and provides math word problems using the formula of lift, the force that makes airplanes fly. She suggests; to fly a kite, release a toy balloon, or place strips of paper in a fan to provide tangible demonstrations of the force of air molecules in understanding lift. Diagrams are not included.
Young scholars explore physical education by completing a quiz in class. In this engineering lesson, students identify different ways engineering has made sports safer such as stronger padding and helmets, stronger equipment and smarter techniques. Young scholars research a specific piece of equipment and share their findings with the class before completing a quiz and several worksheets.
Students examine Newton's "Laws of Motion" and complete an aerodynamic rocket launch activity. In this aerodynamics lesson, students use the given links to study the "Newton's Laws of Motion" and visit a link about aerodynamic and a rocket parts link. Students define words and visit a website for a flight of a model rocket. Students then participate in a rocket launch, take a quiz, and complete a handout.
Students study man's first form of flight which truly imitated the free-flight of birds--the glider. They examine such important contributions to the invention of the glider, such as Sir George Cayley, Jean Marie LeBris, Otto Lilienthal and others. They focus on how gliders actually fly
Students apply the knowledge of Bernoulli's Principle and construct simple aerodynamic designs. In this flight physics lesson, students explore the history of man's interest in flying and the forces influencing an object in flight by creating and designing simple aerodynamic structures.
In this language skills worksheet, students read an article regarding Aviation Day. Students respond to 6 matching questions, 29 fill in the blank questions, 30 multiple choice questions, 12 word scramble questions, 30 short answer questions, 1 graphic organizer question, and 1 essay question regarding the content of the article.
Students study paper airplanes. In this lesson on aerodynamics, students print out the folding directions for making paper airplanes and after making the planes test their paper airplanes to see how well each flies. Students weigh their planes, measure the length of their planes and the wingspan plotting this data on graphs.