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This lesson for Grades 5-8 explores how engineers use Bernoulli's Principle to design airplane wings that produce lift. It is the first of four lessons about the key forces in flight: lift, weight, thrust, and drag. The lesson includes objectives, warm-up questions, background information for teachers, assessment questions, classroom activity, and web-based reference material.
See Related Materials for links to additional resources on lift and drag, appropriate for middle school.
TeachEngineering is a Pathway project of the National Science Digital Library. It provides a large collection of teacher-tested, research-based content for K-12 teachers to connect real-world experiences with curricular content.
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Teach Engineering: May the Force Be With You - Lift:
Accompanies Teach Engineering: May the Force Be With You: Weight
A link to Part 2 of the TeachEngineering unit on forces of flight.relation by Caroline Hall
Covers the Same Topic As NOVA: Lift and Drag
A related interactive tutorial for Grades 6-12 on the aerodynamic forces of lift and drag. It explores why wing shape alone cannot sustain the lift necessary to keep an airplane aloft.relation by Caroline Hall
Covers the Same Topic As PBS Learning Media: The Physics of Sailing
A 5-minute video that explains how modern sailboats are constructed so that lift and drag are produced by the sails and the keel. These force pairs counteract each other to generate forward movement.relation by Caroline Hall
Accompanies Teach Engineering: May the Force Be With You: Thrust
This is Part 3 of Teach Engineering's 4-part unit on the forces of flight, developed for grades 5-8.relation by Caroline Hall
Accompanies Teach Engineering: May the Force Be With You: Drag
This is Part 4 of Teach Engineering's 4-part unit for Grades 5-8 on the forces of flight. It explores drag and how engineers create aircraft designs to reduce the drag force.relation by Caroline Hall
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