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Aspect Ratio of Wings - Exercise 1

Step 1:
Using what your teacher discussed with you about the importance of aspect ratio to flight, follow these steps: Create and draw your own wings below. Give each the same area of 72 square units.

Wing A Wing B

Label the length and width of each wing.

Step 3:
Calculate the aspect ratio for each wing and fill in the table below. Don't forget to include the units!

Wing length width area aspect ratio drag ranking


Step 4:
Rank the wings according to the drag that each will create, given their aspect ratios. Rank the wing with the least drag, number 1 and the one with the greatest amount of drag, number 2.

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