Group Mini Teach
Familiarize students with forces influencing a body in flight
Introduce Bernoulli's Principle
Construct simple types of aerodynamic designs
two 8" X 11" sheets of paper
one half sheet of paper
cut outs - simple gliders
A. History - Man's interest in flying examples and living visual aids
B Forces affecting an object in flight (transparency)
C. Balanced Forces
D. Bernoulli's Principle Blow on top of 1/2 sheet of paper to observe
E. Construction of simple falling bodies
1. The Control Drop a sheet of paper to the floor. Observe its
flight pattern. What forces influence the paper?
2. Construct a cone and drop it to the floor. Observe its flight
pattern. What forces have been overcome by the cone
3. Take one sheet of paper and fold one horizontal end over end
five times, press flat, and secure the three paper
clips (one clip at the center and the other two clips
at 3-4cm from each edge). PAPER WING.
4. Drop PAPER WING to the floor and observe its flight pattern
Use fingernail and thumb too curl edge opposite clips
on the paper wing. Drop paper wing to the floor and again
observe the flight patterns. Fold and crease to the center
open and drop the paper wing again make observations.
Next fold up edges to make rudders and drop again.
5. Parts of an airplane functions (transparency)
6. Construction of simple aerodynamic structures Wing and Dart
pass out cut outs, scissors
test gliders and determine the best designs based upon
the forces which control successful flight
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