Lesson 1 on Aeronautical Engineering: Introduction, SUPPLEMENT (November 1)

This SUPPLEMENTAL assignment is for ONLY the students who have more than one engineering class with this teacher.

Please read the background information, and then proceed with the the numbered questions contained below.

Feel free to collaborate with up to two other students. However, each student should submit an individual paper (that is, do not submit multiple names on the same assignment).

Objectives: (1) To introduce students to the topic of aeronautical engineering;. (2) To practice collaborative learning;1 (3) To improve research skills–seeking appropriate sources for citation; (4) To improve writing skills in order to clearly express ideas. Neatness counts.


Suggested Reading. You do not have to read all of these sources to complete this assignment. However, you may want to skim them, as most of the information you will be seeking is contained on these websites:


Please provide a simple sketch showing  the following key terms for which you supplied a definition in the previous assignment.  Ask the teacher to return your original paper if this will make the assignment easier for you.

You many include multiple terms on the same sketch; but in that event clearly label what you are illustrating.  Skip the numbers that are not shown below.

Four Forces That Affect Things That Fly:

1. Weight
2. Lift
3. Thrust
4. Drag

Other terms:

5. Bernoulli’s Principle

8. Airfoil

10. Dihedral angle
11. Trim
12. Flaps

14. angle of attack

Flight movements

15. Roll
16. Pitch
17. Yaw


  1. Collaborative learning is an educational approach to teaching and learning that involves groups of students working together to solve a problem, complete a task, or create a product. According to Gerlach, “Collaborative learning is based on the idea that learning is a naturally social act in which the participants talk among themselves (Gerlach, 1994). It is through the talk that learning occurs.” Source: Collaborative Learning website, http://archive.wceruw.org/cl1/cl/moreinfo/MI2A.htm