## Detail Page

supported by the International Business Machines
This is a lesson focused on engineering design principles associated with sailboats. Students explore what marine engineers and naval architects do as they design a sailboat out of everyday objects that can catch a breeze from a fan and stay afloat with a set load. The driving question of the lesson:  How do marine engineers apply physical concepts (including Bernoulli's Principle, lift, and drag) in the design and construction of sails?

The lesson follows a module format that includes teacher and student guides, recommended reading, illustrated procedures, worksheets, and background information about the engineering connections. This collection is part of TryEngineering.org, a website maintained by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

See Related Materials for links to two videos that discuss the fundamental physics involved in the motion of sailboats.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Classical Mechanics
- Applications of Newton's Laws
= Pressure
- Newton's Second Law
= Force, Acceleration
- Newton's Third Law
= Action/Reaction
Education Practices
- Active Learning
Fluid Mechanics
- Dynamics of Fluids
= Bernoulli's Principle
Other Sciences
- Engineering
- High School
- Middle School
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Instructor Guide/Manual
= Laboratory
= Lesson/Lesson Plan
= Student Guide
Intended Users Formats Ratings
- Educators
- Learners
- application/pdf
- application/ms-word
- text/html
• Currently 0.0/5

Want to rate this material?

Safety Warnings

Access Rights:
Free access
Restriction:
© 2007 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Keywords:
aerodynamics, applied physics, drag, engineering activity, engineering design, engineering lessons, lift, physics of sailing, sailboat, wind propulsion
Record Cloner:
Metadata instance created July 25, 2012 by Gnana Subramaniam
Record Updated:
August 10, 2020 by Lyle Barbato
Last Update
when Cataloged:
December 4, 2010
Other Collections:

### AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008 Version)

#### 4. The Physical Setting

4F. Motion
• 6-8: 4F/M3a. An unbalanced force acting on an object changes its speed or direction of motion, or both.
• 9-12: 4F/H4. Whenever one thing exerts a force on another, an equal amount of force is exerted back on it.

#### 8. The Designed World

8B. Materials and Manufacturing
• 6-8: 8B/M2. Manufacturing usually involves a series of steps, such as designing a product, obtaining and preparing raw materials, processing the materials mechanically or chemically, and assembling the product. All steps may occur at a single location or may occur at different locations.
• 9-12: 8B/H1. Manufacturing processes have been changed by improved tools and techniques based on more thorough scientific understanding, increases in the forces that can be applied and the temperatures that can be reached, and the availability of electronic controls that make operations occur more rapidly and consistently.

#### 11. Common Themes

11B. Models
• 9-12: 11B/H5. The behavior of a physical model cannot ever be expected to represent the full-scale phenomenon with complete accuracy, not even in the limited set of characteristics being studied. The inappropriateness of a model may be related to differences between the model and what is being modeled.

#### 12. Habits of Mind

12C. Manipulation and Observation
• 6-8: 12C/M3. Make accurate measurements of length, volume, weight, elapsed time, rates, and temperature by using appropriate devices.
• 6-8: 12C/M5. Analyze simple mechanical devices and describe what the various parts are for; estimate what the effect of making a change in one part of a device would have on the device as a whole.

### Common Core State Reading Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects 6—12

Key Ideas and Details (6-12)
• RST.6-8.3 Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.

### Common Core State Writing Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects 6—12

Research to Build and Present Knowledge (6-12)
• WHST.6-8.7 Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration.
• WHST.6-8.9 Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
ComPADRE is beta testing Citation Styles!

AIP Format
(Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2007), WWW Document, (https://tryengineering.org/teacher/sail-away/).
AJP/PRST-PER
TryEngineering: Sail Away, (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2007), <https://tryengineering.org/teacher/sail-away/>.
APA Format
TryEngineering: Sail Away. (2010, December 4). Retrieved January 16, 2021, from Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers: https://tryengineering.org/teacher/sail-away/
Chicago Format
International Business Machines. TryEngineering: Sail Away. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, December 4, 2010. https://tryengineering.org/teacher/sail-away/ (accessed 16 January 2021).
MLA Format
TryEngineering: Sail Away. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2007. 4 Dec. 2010. International Business Machines. 16 Jan. 2021 <https://tryengineering.org/teacher/sail-away/>.
BibTeX Export Format
@misc{ Title = {TryEngineering: Sail Away}, Publisher = {Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers}, Volume = {2021}, Number = {16 January 2021}, Month = {December 4, 2010}, Year = {2007} }
Refer Export Format

%T TryEngineering: Sail Away
%D December 4, 2010
%I Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
%U https://tryengineering.org/teacher/sail-away/
%O application/pdf

EndNote Export Format

%0 Electronic Source
%D December 4, 2010
%T TryEngineering: Sail Away
%I Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
%V 2021
%N 16 January 2021
%8 December 4, 2010
%9 application/pdf
%U https://tryengineering.org/teacher/sail-away/

Disclaimer: ComPADRE offers citation styles as a guide only. We cannot offer interpretations about citations as this is an automated procedure. Please refer to the style manuals in the Citation Source Information area for clarifications.

Citation Source Information

The AIP Style presented is based on information from the AIP Style Manual.

The APA Style presented is based on information from APA Style.org: Electronic References.

The Chicago Style presented is based on information from Examples of Chicago-Style Documentation.

The MLA Style presented is based on information from the MLA FAQ.

This resource is stored in a shared folder.

You must login to access shared folders.

### TryEngineering: Sail Away:

Is Supplemented By PBS Learning Media: The Physics of Sailing

A 5-minute video that explores aerodynamic forces generated by two parts of the sailboat: the sails and the keel. Discusses why these forces counteract each other to generate forward movement.

relation by Caroline Hall

Know of another related resource? Login to relate this resource to it.
Save to my folders

### Related Materials

Is Supplemented By