Hot Air Balloon

How can people control a hot air balloon? The simple simulation allows scholars to adjust the payload mass, burner, and vent position on a hot air balloon and observe the changes in velocity and altitude over time. Challenge questions and a worksheet provide a simple evaluation tool.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Create a small hot air balloon in class and use a candle to send it up/down
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires a free CK-12 account to access the interactive
  • Assumes prior knowledge of altitude, velocity, and interpreting graphs
Pros

  • Simulation can display free body diagrams and net force if those options are selected
  • Includes a tutorial with instructions on how to use the simulation
Cons

  • None