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Climb and Descent, Lesson 7
 
A pilot holds a small model airplane

The information in this video was accurate as of the original publication date.

Audience: Educators and Students
Grades: 9-12


This NASA video segment explores how Newton's laws apply to the climb of an airplane after takeoff. Viewers watch an instructor and engineer at NASA's National Test Pilot School and learn that the flight path of an airplane is determined by variations in the speed, weight, angle and altitude of the aircraft. Viewers also learn that if certain assumptions are made, calculations can predict the aircraft's behavior under these variations. The instructor compares two graphs on a whiteboard to show the relationship between the rate of climb and airspeed.

Climb and Descent, Lesson 7
Duration: 13 minutes 13 seconds
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This video clip is part of the Flight Testing Newton's Laws DVD that may be ordered from the Central Operation of Resources for Educators, or CORE  →.


More videos and video clips in this series:
Introduction to Newton's Three Laws, Lesson 1
     The Law of Inertia: Newton's First Law (video clip)
     Force Equals Mass Times Acceleration: Newton's Second Law (video clip)
     The Law of Action and Reaction: Newton's Third Law (video clip)
Weight and Balance, Lesson 2
Lift and Rate of Change of Momentum, Lesson 3
Drag, Lesson 4
Thrust, Lesson 5
Take Off, Lesson 6
Cruise, Lesson 8
The Landing, Lesson 9
     The Landing: Approach (video clip)
     The Landing: Flare (video clip)
     The Landing: Rollout (video clip)
     The Landing: Summary (video clip)


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