This activity will challenge students to work in groups over an extended period of time (~1 month) to devise the “best” flight path across the USA. The groups of students will be working in a competition against their fellow classmates to come up with the flight path that minimizes cost.
Subjects: Physics, Science
Prior Knowledge: Vector Addition, Unit Conversion, Graph Reading and Interpretation, Energy, Conservation/Conversion, Efficiency, Iterative approach to problem solving
Key Concepts and Terms: Coordinate systems, Efficiency, Energy Conversion, Graphing, Ground Speed, Iterative approach to problem solving, Minimizing/Maximizing Functions, Unit Conversion, Vector Addition, Wind Speed