# What Makes Airplanes Fly? History, Science and Applications ofAerodynamics

## CONTENTS OF CURRICULUM UNIT 90.07.10

- Narrative
- I. Introduction
- II. Rationale and General Objectives of the Unit
- III. Historical Overview of the Development of Aircraft4
- IV. The Mathematical Application
- II. An Introduction to Graph Theory
- Sample Lesson Plan 1
- Sample Lesson plan 2
- Sample Lesson Plan 3
- Sample Lesson Plan 4
- Sample Problems For Class Discussion
- Bibliography

### Unit Guide

## Historical Developments of the Aircraft Industry with Mathematical Applications

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- I. Introduction
- II. Rationale and General Objective of the Unit
- III. Historical Overview of the Development of the Flight
- ____ A. Development before the Wright Brothers.
- ____ B. The age of the glider
- ____ C. Aeronautics in the United States
- ____ D. The Wright Brothers
- ____ E. The emergence of the Aircraft as a valuable means of transportation
- IV. Mathematical Applications:
- ____ A. Geometry
- ____ ____ 1) Introduction to Vectors as a means of representing journeys
- ____ ____ 2) Angles and Bearings
- ____ ____ 3) Navigation and Spherical Geometry
- ____ B. Introduction to Graph Theory
- ____ ____ 1) Simple matrices as a method of solving problems
- ____ ____ 2) Finding the shortest path problems.
- V. Sample Lesson Plans