What a Drag!

Stop and drop what is in your hand! Pupils investigate how form effects drag in the 12th part of a 22-part unit on aviation. Groups create equally weighted objects and determine which one falls the fastest by collecting data.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Create figures that have the same surface area but with different shapes to test
Classroom Considerations

  • Assumes individuals know about drag
  • Requires building paper objects to drop

  • Includes templates for cones and cubes
  • Provides suggestions to scale for younger classes

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