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Students take the role of airline workers, planning a presentation to help petrified passengers become fearless flyers. They plan how to explain the functions of the four main components of a jet engine, and consider how to incorporate reassuring messages about its safety.In this activity, students learn how the jet engine works. Through so doing they explore – or revise – ideas about forces, gases, work, and efficiency.

This activity is best tackled once students have studied forces, energy and gases, perhaps as a revision activity, showing how different areas of physics link together. It is also suitable as a stretch and challenge activity for higher attaining students at any stage of their physics course.

Learning Outcome

  • Students consider the forces acting on an aeroplane

  • Students consider the behaviour of gases in jet engines

  • Students calculate the efficiency of a jet engine

  • Students explain how scientists and engineers make jet engines safe


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