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Paper Airplane Lab: Gravity and Air Resistance

Paper Airplane Lab:  Gravity and Air Resistance
Paper Airplane Lab:  Gravity and Air Resistance
Paper Airplane Lab:  Gravity and Air Resistance
Paper Airplane Lab:  Gravity and Air Resistance
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This activity helps demonstrate some of the unbalanced forces, namely gravity and air resistance, that affect us every day. Students should predict why paper airplanes do not stay in the air forever. After testing their paper airplane, they should create a force diagram and answer some questions regarding these unbalanced forces.

Materials needed: paper, meter stick

Main topics: unbalanced forces, gravity, air resistance (friction).

Quick, easy, and effective in demonstrating gravity and air resistance. You can have contests for the airplane that travels the furthest. Great for middle school or introductory high school courses.

If you like this activity, you can follow these links to other lessons and activities in my motion and forces units.

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Ian Williamson
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