NASA Connect: The “Wright” Math

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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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NASA Approved Materials

Year2001
Grade Level6 - 12
Media TypeURL
File Size 4KB
Topics Aeronautics
Algebra
Science and Mathematics
Standards
Math
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