Equal and Opposite Thrust in Aircraft: You're a Pushover!

This Equal and Opposite Thrust in Aircraft: You're a Pushover! activity & project also includes:

It's the law—every action requires a reaction, no matter how small. Pupils experience two demonstrations of Newton's third law of motion as it relates to thrust in the 10th segment of a 22-part unit on flight. Using their mathematical skills, learners solve for missing values in the equation form of Newton's third law.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Show a video of Newton's third law in action
Classroom Considerations
  • Assumes students know about mass
  • Needs space along a wall to line up class members
Pros
  • Contains ideas for extensions
  • Provides suggestions for assessments
Cons
  • None
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