How a Sailboat Works: Hull Speed and Buoyancy

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How can you determine the maximum speed of a sailboat? A sailing presentation included with a straightforward lesson plan prompts learners to calculate the maximum speed of a sailboat with a displacement hull. The presentation continues with a brief description of buoyancy. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Use the supplemental resources as extension activities
  • Research activities dealing with stability and buoyancy in order to provide the class practice for building a stable hull
Classroom Considerations
  • Depending upon the grade level, pupils may not know how to take square roots yet
  • The fifth lesson in a seven-part series
  • The presentation allows the class to practice calculating hull speed
  • The link for Archimedes Principle does not work