Introduction to Airplane Design (Lessons Package)

Movie: Windows Media (2.6 Mb) Movie: QuickTime (2.0 Mb)

The program comes with an entire book worth of outstanding supporting
educational materials that are fully integrated to work well with the
software. Included lessons are ready to use and classroom tested so that
you can focus your valuable time doing exciting teaching!

A thematic learning approach to math and science

Trim Balance Forces

Partial List of Activities

Activity Objective
Airfoils (A1) To define lift and apply it to airplane design
Airfoil Lab To apply what students have learned about airfoil shape to glider performance
Airfoils (A2) To describe how wing shape and angle of attack effect lift
Wing Load (A3) To describe and measure how wing load effects airplane performance
Wing Load Lab To analyze how wing load effects airplane performance
Aspect Ratio (A4) To describe how aspect ratio effects airplane performance and measure aspect ratio
Aspect Ratio Lab To analyze how aspect ratio effects airplane performance
Wing Configuration (A5) To describe the relationship between wing position and performance
Stability (A6) To describe varying degrees of stability and how stability controls airplane movements
Tail Development (A7) To describe the relationship between airplane stability and a plane's tail
Stability Lab To analyze the relationship between airplane stability and the size of a plane's tail
Tail Size (A8) To calculate correct tail size for individual airplane types
Tail Size Lab To analyze how the relationship between fuselage length and tail size effect stability
Weight Balance (A9) To describe the relationship between AOI and Center of Gravity
Moment lab To use moments to describe how to trim a glider
Trimming Lab To analyze the relationship between AOI and Center of Gravity
Airplane Components (A10) To identify the parts of a plane that control airplane movement
Airplane Control (A11) To describe and label control surfaces of an airplane
Glider Maneuver Lab To apply the principles of airplane movement to a glider design
Airplane Costs (A13) To describe how variables in airplane design and operation effect airline profits
Glide Slope (A14) To describe how gliders with flat symmetrical wings create lift
Tail Size Worksheet (A15) To apply tail sizing formulas to airplane designs
Glider Design (A16) To apply the principles of airplane design to design a glider on computer
Final Glider Project To apply and synthesize the principles of flight to design and building a glider

These lessons and more are included on the CD along with many additional detailed design guides, supporting documents on aircraft design, and an extensive library of practical aircraft design and build tips. Together, they provide you with a comprehensive science of flight and design unit that can easily be used for one to eight weeks of studies with extensive depth for those that want to go further. Many of the lessons are for use with the computer program while most of the labs are for actual hands-on experiments away from the computer. You can choose the lessons, labs, and supporting documents you wish to use and print them out to distribute to students, or access them from the CD on the computer. All of the aircraft design and build tips are also available here on our web site so that students can look up the tips away from the classroom computer to help them build their aircraft and for additional after-hour and home studies.

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