Everglades Airboat

How does an airboat move when there isn't a motor in the water? The simulation teaches the forces related to the thrust and drag on an airboat. Scholars vary the boat mass and thrust force in order to view graphs of the changing force and velocity.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Make a balloon straw rocket to demonstrate the same force with air instead of water
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires a free CK-12 account to access the interactive
  • Assumes prior knowledge of velocity
Pros

  • Includes a tutorial for how to use the simulation
  • Works well in a traditional or flipped classroom
Cons

  • None