Applied Science - Technology (6A) Lab

PROBLEM: Which glider design is the best for keeping airborne?

PREDICTION:

MATERIALS: instructions for the following gliders 1-5, scissor

PROCEDURE:

Construct the model glider assigned to you. Go out to the designated area and measure how far it traveled in the space below. You will use this data to plot the results in the POST LAB. Do more than one test, and make sure you measure this accurately with your partner. Do 10 trials and then take the average of your 10 trials and record this in the appropriate place. This is the number that will be used for graphing the data. Each test must be conducted with wind coming from behind you and from in front of you.

glider used:

 DISTANCE TRAVELED TRIAL WIND-FRONT WIND-BACK 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

total (wind-back) ______ divide by 10: _________ the average is: _____

total (wind-front)_______ divide by 10: ________ the average is:______

State whether the wind direction was from behind or in front.

Does this make a difference in the flight pattern of your glider? Explain.

CONCLUSION: Why do you think your glider traveled the way it did? Any problems.