Lesson Title: Nose Cone Aerodynamics
Students compare the aerodynamic features of different nose cone designs.
• Experiment with different nose cone shapes to determine the advantages and disadvantages of each type. Conic, parabolic and flat shapes will be tested to determine which is most aerodynamic.
Lesson Activities and Sequence
Adventures in Rocket Science
Student teams will construct predesigned card stock nose cones from patterns provided in the Adventures In Rocket Science Activity Guide. The wind tunnel simulation is one of the most basic and can be easily modified to create improved airflow, etc.
Drag is measured here as a result of the differing distances the rocket body travels in opposition to the airflow.
Keywords: engineering design process, Newton's Laws of Motion, engine, gravity, drag, parachutes, fin, payload, trajectory, stability, launcher rocket, wind tunnel, propulsion, lift, drag, weight, thrust, aerodynamics
National Science Education Standards, NSTA
Science as Inquiry
• Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry.
• Position and motion of objects.
• Motions and forces.
Science and Technology
• Abilities of technological design.
Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, NCTM
Math as Problem Solving
• Number and Operations.
• Data Analysis and Probability.
• Reasoning and Proof.
ISTE NETS and Performance Indicators for Students, ISTE
Creativity and Innovation
Research and Information Fluency
Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision Making