How does an airplane control its take off and descent? Scholars explore the forces acting on an airplane and control the angle of attack, wing profile, thrust, and airplane size. They learn about lift, drag, thrust, gravity, and the relationships between the net unbalanced forces and acceleration.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
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Instructional Ideas
  • Encourage students to arrange a free flight in a small airplane where they can see the adjustments easily by visiting the website
Classroom Considerations
  • Assumes prior knowledge of altitude, coefficient of lift, and coefficient of drag
  • Requires a free CK-12 account to access the interactive
  • Shows free body diagram for current combination of variables
  • Includes challenge questions to determine pupil understanding
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