Area Rule: How to Make Planes Fly Faster

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a modern aircraft with cross-sectional areas taken into consideration. A short video in the Real Engineering playlist describes how cross-sectional areas of airplanes relate to their speeds. It shows several examples of this concept.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have pupils investigate the cross-sectional area of different airplanes
  • Invite an aeronautical engineer to give a presentation
Classroom Considerations
  • Pupils should have basic understanding of lift and drag
  • Includes photos and video footage of real planes from the past
  • Explanations are thorough
  • A good portion of the video is an ad for one of the video's supporters