Weight and Balance of an Airplane

This Weight and Balance of an Airplane lesson plan also includes:

A career in aeronautics might be calling your class members. Building from the previous two lessons in the series, learners continue analyzing the mathematics of aeronautics. Groups create a paper airplane using paperclips for balance. Following the exploration, individuals calculate the weight and balance of different airplane scenarios to ensure the crafts are safe to fly.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Have pupils write a paragraph explaining the importance of balance in relation to airplane flight and how balance impacts airplane design
Classroom Considerations

  • Prepare an example to demonstrate to your class prior to the activity
  • Requires advance preparation of materials and information

  • Includes important background information
  • Provides answer keys for each handout

  • None
Common Core