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.
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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