# NASA Connect: The “Wright” Math

Students will construct and predict which of four designs will be the most effective flyer. The student will use algebra to calculate wing area, wingspan, chord length, and aspect ratio. Students will build a portable glider catapult to analyze wing geometry based on measurement (distance rating) and observations (glide rating and speed rating). Students will design, construct, and test an experimental wing to achieve maximum distance. This is a great project for incorporating collaborative problem-solving strategies in a real-life application. Video download Geometry and Algebra: The Future Flight Equation: http://www.knowitall.org//sites/nasa/connect/index3.html

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Year | 2001 |
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Grade Level | 6 - 12 |

Media Type | URL |

File Size | 4KB |

Topics |
Aeronautics Algebra Science and Mathematics |

Standards |
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