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Paper Airplanes

By | November 2011
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Paper Airplanes
Project Design Plan:
* I want to know what type of paper airplane model will fly the farthest. I believe airplane design is very important when trying to see how far a paper airplane will fly. The different shape and narrowness or width as well as weight distribution are all factors in flight distance. So if I have a narrow paper airplane, a very wide one, and one in between, which on will fly the farthest? * The relevance of this experiment is similar to understanding a real airplane. Paper airplane models are derived from an actual plane these days. The design of an airplane has so much to do with distance, hang time, speed, and many other factors. Understanding the models I have chosen to make help me better understand the actual design of an actual airplane in some ways. * A little background information on paper airplanes is important to understand why people started making them in the first place. Paper airplanes are believed to be from Ancient China and Japan. The idea came from the art of folding paper, or better known as, origami. This concept became popular around 500 BCE in China, and within the next decade the paper airplane became popular as well. The Wright brothers actually used paper airplanes before they designed actual planes. Paper airplanes have improved over the years and have gained a lot in terms of flight performance. I am going to include two examples of other students and people that have done research or experiments with paper airplanes. The first one is in a paper, “Physics of Paper Airplanes”. In this paper the science behind paper airplanes is discussed in detail. I learned that the thing that makes paper airplanes actually go longer and “flow” through the air for a certain amount of time is called, “lift.” As stated in the paper, “Lift can only happen when in the presence of a moving fluid and air has fluid properties.” (– Anonymous, 2011).The second example of airplane research and experiments...
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