Flight Angles Of Inclination

Marie C. Smith Anthony Overton Elementary School
221 E. 49th St.
Chicago IL 60615
(312) 535-1430

Objectives: The students will: 1. Observe the flight of a glider. 2. Measure the distance flown from a given point. 3. Analyze the effect of a change of angle of inclination on the launch/flight of sling launched gliders. 4. Collect data on distance flown when glider is launched from two different angle-ramps. 5. Record and communicate test results to the class by use of a horizontal bar chart for students to generalize conclusions from data. The effect of angles and comparison of their size/measure will be given by students. Materials needed: Glider Trundle wheel Yard stick Ramp Airplane Flight Chart Hinged Angle Strategy: 1. Explain that airplanes have engines and gliders do not. 2. Use a chart to demonstrate angles of flight for airplanes. 3. Demonstrate how to launch glider from ramp, use trundle wheel and record data. 4. Divide the class into four groups. Distribute a glider, trundle wheel, yardstick, an angled ramp, and data collection sheet to each group. 5. Proceed to a launch site (outside, weather permitting). 6. Launch gliders, measure distance traveled, and record results. 7. Students will assume the following roles: Pilot-to launch glider from ramp Navigator-uses trundle wheel to measure distance traveled Air Traffic Controller- assist in location of straight line distance of flight and checks trundle wheel reading Flight Attendant- stabilizes ramp and records data. 8. Each student assumes each role once and ramps should be exchanged by each pair of groups. 9. Return to class, discuss and analyze data using a pictograph.
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