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View Resource Airplane Flight

This web site, authored and curated by David P. Stern, contains an elementary discussion of the physics of airplane flight. Concepts of frames of reference and vectors are used to explore lift, drag, and thrust for wings swept backward or forward and to propellers. The linked web page contains a discussion about the dependence of lift and drag on speed and altitude, using the "Voyager" non-stop...

View Resource Far-out Pathways to Space

This is a set of six web pages, authored and curated by David P. Stern, describing four unconventional methods of accelerating spacecraft. These are using cannons, nuclear power, solar sails and ion rockets. Gravity-assist maneuvers near moving planets or moons, is described later in the larger work. This is part of the work "From Stargazers to Starships" that introduces physical concepts using...

View Resource Flights of Inspiration

This web site features the Franklin Institute's (Philadelphia, Pa.) historic collection of photographs, writings, drawings and schematics from the Wright Brothers, as well as a section on the John Alcock and Arthur Wilson, the first pilots to cross the Atlantic. Additionally, it features a section titled "Your Own Flight" that teaches students the physics behind flight. A "Teacher's Zone" is also...

View Resource Civil Air Transport/Air America Collection

The Civil Air Transport (CAT) group was started after World War II in China by General Claire L. Chennault and Whiting Willauer. It was certainly a rather intriguing and adventurous idea, as the CAT began to use surplus aircraft to airlift supplies and food into war-ravaged China. Over the coming decades CAT would fly various missions (clandestine and otherwise) to countries in Southeast Asia. In...

View Resource The Physics Classroom Shockwave Physics Studios

On this interactive site, visitors with a penchant for velocity-time graphs, kinematics, and the world of motion will be well-served. Created as part of "The Physics Classroom" portfolio of educational materials, this collection of interactive Shockwave files simulate a series of physical situations. Visitors to the site can manipulate a variable in each activity and observe the outcome. All told...

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