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Center of Gravity, Pitch, Yaw

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Product Type: Lesson Plan/Activity
Audience: Educators, Informal Education
Grade Levels: 5-8
Publication Year: 2002
Product Number: EG-2002-10-001-DFRC
Subjects: History, Mathematics, Physical Science


The center of gravity is the average location where mass and weight are distributed throughout an object. When the airplane moves in the pitch axis, the airplane moves around the center of gravity with the nose going up or down. Similarly, when the airplane moves in the yaw axis, it rotates around the center of gravity with the nose moving left or right. In this activity, students calculate the balance point of the airplane. Students then put together a model of the F-15 ACTIVE and label the diagram based on two views, one showing pitch, the other showing yaw. Two student sheets are included.

Center of Gravity, Pitch, Yaw [525KB PDF file]

This activity is part of the Exploring the Extreme Educator Guide.

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