Flight Plan Physics

Flight Plan Physics

CRA Description : 
This activity will challenge students to work in groups over an extended period of time (~1 month) to devise the “best” flight path across the USA. The groups of students will be working in a competition against their fellow classmates to come up with the flight path that minimizes cost.
Subjects: 
Science
Physics
Key Concepts and Terms: 
Coordinate systems
Efficiency
Energy Conversion
Graphing
Ground Speed
Iterative approach to problem solving
Minimizing/Maximizing functions
Unit Conversion
Vector Addition
Wind Speed
Prior Knowledge: 
• Vector Addition • Unit Conversion • Graph Reading and Interpretation • Energy Conservation/Conversion • Efficiency • Iterative approach to problem solving