Engineering: Using Newton's Laws of Motion
Author(s): Gregory L. Vogt, EdD, Barbara Z. Tharp, MS, Michael T. Vu, MS, and Nancy P. Moreno, PhD.
Materials, Shape and Size Matter
Several physical processes make a returning boomerang work: aerodynamic lift, gyroscopic precession, drag and gravity.
Keywords: physical science | physics | engineering | STEM | acceleration | drag | f=ma | flight | force | gravity | kinetic energy | lift | mass | mechanical energy | motion | Newton’s Laws | physical energy | potential energy | thrust | launch angle | air speed | flight distance | airfoil | boomerang | wing
- Vogt, G.L., B.Z. Tharp, M.T. Vu, and N.P. Moreno. 2014. Think Like an Engineer Teacher’s Guide. Baylor College of Medicine (ISBN: 978-1-888997-64-4). Development of Think Like an Engineer educational materials was supported, in part, by National Science Foundation grant number DRL-1028771.
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Grant Number: DRL-1028771