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❶For each plane, throw it 50 times to try to get it to fly through the hula hoop. You can answer this question with just a flick of your wrist.

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Try adding a paper clip or multiple paper clips to different parts of your paper plane such as the front, back, middle or wings and then flying it.

How does this affect the plane's flight? Does adding paper clips somewhere make its flight better or much worse? Observations and results Did the original plane fly the farthest?

Did the plane with increased drag fly a much shorter distance? As a paper plane moves through the air, the air pushes against the plane, slowing it down. This force is called drag. To think about drag, imagine you are in a moving car and you put your hand out the window. The force of the air pushing your hand back as you move forward is drag, also sometimes referred to as air resistance. In this activity you increased how much drag acted on the paper plane by making a one-inch-high vertical strip on both wings.

For example, this is what happens when you're in a moving car with your hand out the window and you change its position from horizontal to vertical.

When your hand is held out vertically, it catches a greater amount of air and experiences a greater drag than when it is horizontal. You could probably feel this, as your hand would be more forcefully pushed back as the car moves forward.

This is what happened to the modified plane—it experienced a greater amount of drag, which pushed it back more than the original plane. This experiment has clearly demonstrated that altering how just one force acts on a paper plane can dramatically change how well it flies. More to explore Dynamics of Flight: Cleanup Recycle the paper plane when you are done with it. How do the results for each plane compare? Any exceptionally good or bad planes? Was your hypothesis correct? Why do you think the best planes performed as well as they did?

Can you create your own paper airplane design that is better than the planes that you used in the experiment? What if you were allowed to have attachments on the planes? What would work best to improve the results of any of the planes? Paper Airplane Experiment Objective To test and conclude the best designs for paper airplanes with respect to flight time, distance, and accuracy. Easy Concept There are numerous designs of paper airplanes.

Hypothesis When you have all of your plane choices, guess which design will fly the farthest, for the longest time, and with the most accuracy. Procedure Make all of the paper airplanes that you plan on using In an open area with plenty of room to fly, throw all of the planes and record the distance that they flew.

There are many more experiments you can perform with paper airplanes. Maybe this is the first step on you journey to being an airplane engineer or designer! Figure 1 - The distance flown by paper airplanes. Check out our quiz-page with tests about:. Martyn Shuttleworth Sep 21, Retrieved Sep 14, from Explorable.

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Conclusion I successfully found the distance of each airplane by conducting the experiment and, my hypothesis was correct based on the results.

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How Far Will It Fly? Build & Test Paper Planes with Different Drag. Can you explain your results in terms of how forces allow a plane to fly? Hint: Re-read the Introduction in the Background tab. Their theories are then applied to human-scale projects to bring people new technologies, like computers, lasers, and fusion energy. Paper Airplanes & Scientific Methods / Results are Communicated. Other scientists review the results of the investigation. During this investigation, you will practice the steps listed above as You want to know which paper airplane design is best. The first thing you have to do is decide what best means. This is called.

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Paper Airplane Experiment. Objective. To test and conclude the best designs for paper airplanes with respect to flight time, distance, and accuracy. Transcript of Paper Planes Experiment. Have you ever wondered if there was a paper type that was meant for making paper airplanes? In this experiment we find the optimal paper type for flying airplanes. Now For Our Conclusion After analyzing the results, the data shows that lighter planes fly farther and more consistently than heavier.