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Learn about the study of gases in motion called aerodynamics. Find out how this science applies to airplanes, parachutes, cars, bridges, buildings, living things, kites, and more. Learn Bernoulli’s principle, laws of aerodynamics, and basics of forces of gravity, lift, drag, and thrust. Get acquainted with shock waves, propulsion, and other forces. There are links to eThemes Resources on related topics of gravity, aviation and aircrafts, parachutes, and water-bottle rockets.
Here is a 3D replica of the first wind tunnel. Scroll down the page and click on the link "Parts of a Wind Tunnel" to access interactive pages with animations. Then select the "Make a Simple Wind Tunnel" link to learn how to build your own wind tunnel.
Learn how aerodynamics occur. Includes a time line of the history of flight and provides a brief history of early pioneers of flight. Additionally, three flight simulators are useful in experiencing how to fly a plane. NOTE: These simulations require Shockwave to run properly.
These sites have classroom activity ideas and unit plans about aviation. Learn how aircraft fly and try to solve word problems and other mathematical equations relating to aviation. Download a flight simulator to navigate your own aircraft. Includes a link to an eTheme on Aviation: Military Aircraft.
These sites are about the history of aviation. Includes photographs of different types of aircraft, principles and concepts of flight and plane construction, women in aviation, and how to construct paper airplanes. An eThemes Resource on the Wright Brothers is linked.
Discover how a parachute works. Find out who was the first man to envision and sketch the first parachute. Learn about air resistance or drag force, drop time, and terminal velocity. The following online simulations and lesson plans are designed for physics and mathematics classes.
The following sites can help students understand how physics laws create motion and propel rockets. Learn about rocketry and how to build water-bottle rockets. These sites include lesson plans, activities, rocket launchers simulators, photographs, animations, and video.
Learn how kites overcome gravity to fly. There are several lesson plans that use kites to introduce math and science concepts. Includes many instructions for making your own kite out of everyday materials. There is information about the history of kites and pictures of kites from different countries. Also learn why April is National Kite Month. Includes links to eThemes Resources on hot air balloons and basic weather concepts.