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written by David Anderson and Scott Eberhardt
This article by a physicist and an aeronautical engineer explains the physics of how aircraft wings produce lift. It shows how several popular explanations are clearly wrong, and then accounts for lift in terms of Newton's first and third laws without using calculus. The article also discusses power, drag, angle of attack, and wing vortices. Numerous drawings illustrate the ideas.
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Fluids
- Dynamics of Fluids
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- Lower Undergraduate
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Access Rights: Free access
Restriction: © 1995 Aeronautics Learning Laboratory for Science, Technology, and Research
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Keywords: Wing, vortex
Record Creator: Metadata instance created December 28, 2011 by Ed Lee
Record Updated: Jan 07, 2012 by Lyle Barbato
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December 27, 2011
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AIP Format
D. Anderson and S. Eberhardt, (Aeronautics Learning Laboratory for Science, Technology, and Research, Miami, 1995), WWW Document, (http://www.allstar.fiu.edu/aero/airflylvl3.htm).
AJP/PRST-PER
D. Anderson and S. Eberhardt, How Airplanes Fly: A Physical Description of Lift, (Aeronautics Learning Laboratory for Science, Technology, and Research, Miami, 1995), <http://www.allstar.fiu.edu/aero/airflylvl3.htm>.
APA Format
Anderson, D., & Eberhardt, S. (2011, December 27). How Airplanes Fly: A Physical Description of Lift. Retrieved December 22, 2014, from Aeronautics Learning Laboratory for Science, Technology, and Research: http://www.allstar.fiu.edu/aero/airflylvl3.htm
Chicago Format
Anderson, David, and Scott Eberhardt. How Airplanes Fly: A Physical Description of Lift. Miami: Aeronautics Learning Laboratory for Science, Technology, and Research, December 27, 2011. http://www.allstar.fiu.edu/aero/airflylvl3.htm (accessed 22 December 2014).
MLA Format
Anderson, David, and Scott Eberhardt. How Airplanes Fly: A Physical Description of Lift. Miami: Aeronautics Learning Laboratory for Science, Technology, and Research, 1995. 27 Dec. 2011. 22 Dec. 2014 <http://www.allstar.fiu.edu/aero/airflylvl3.htm>.
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