Aerodynamic Forces of Flight

Module designer(s)

  • Michalinos Zembylas

E-mail address(es)


Cooperating teachers


  • Design and execute experiments, gather data to answer relevant questions, and communicate results and conclusions to an audience using traditional methods and contemporary technology
  • Develop an understanding of the relationship between pressure and velocity, describe and analyze the effects of the four aerodynamic forces on aircraft performance
  • Conduct research using a variety of sources (written, oral, electronic etc.) and use contemporary technology to produce documents of publication for specific purposes and audiences


  •  Internet connection
  •  Materials for each of the experiments described

Related Courses

  •  Physics
  •  Calculus

Links to standards:

  • Illinois Learning Standards

Mathematics: 10.A.4a, 10.B.4, 10.C.4b 

Science: 12.D.5a, 13.A.5c, 13.A.5d, 13.B.5e

  • National Science Education Standards:

Content Standards: 9-12

(a) Science as Inquiry : Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
(b) Physical Science: Develop an understanding of motions and forces and conservation of energy.

  • NCTM Standards:

Standard 1: Mathematics as Problem Solving
Standard 2: Mathematics as Communication
Standard 3: Mathematics as Reasoning
Standard 4: Mathematical Connections
Standard 9: Geometry and Spatial Sense
Standard 13: Patterns and Relationships


  • Integration of math, science, social studies, arts, and language arts.
  • Design and execute experiments. Conduct research using a variety of sources. 
  • Present results to an audience.