Investigation-desing lab

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Investigation: Factors Affecting the Motion of a Paper Helicopter Introduction The motion of a paper helicopter can be viewed as the representation Newton’s  Second Law and is affected by many variables. Air has mass and takes up space. When  you drop your helicopter, the air provides resistance that slows the helicopter down. It  has to push the air around it out of its way in order to move. Therefore, the helicopter  experience drag force and as it falls, the resistance from the air pushes the blades up  into a slanted position. In this position, the air under one blade is pushing one way and  the air under the other blade is pushing the opposite way. These two forces of air push  the blades around and make it spin. The faster the blades spin, the less the air can get  by, and the slower the helicopter falls. From this we can identify a certain variable of the  helicopter alter it and observe its relation to the entire system. In this investigation, we will investigate the affect of wingspan (length of the blade)  on the motion of the helicopter.
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This note was uploaded on 04/11/2010 for the course ENG 1p03 taught by Professor Dr.fleisig during the Spring '10 term at McMaster University.

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