The Mathematics of Wing Design


An excellent example of where maths is used in modern civilisation. December 17 marks the 115th anniversary of the first human powered flight. Since then humanity has gone on to make air travel a daily event for millions of people.In order to make this a reality it was necessary to understand how to produce forces that would overcome gravity and air resistance. The mathematics involved in designing and building a plane can all be acquired by the end of year 12 from Methods and Specialist content. As a way of demonstrating how and where high school mathematics is needed in the modern world, powered flight is an example par excellence.

Michael O’Connor

Session Code Session Date Session Start Session Finish Session Location Places Remaining
B-22 06/12/2018 11:00 am 12:00 pm La Trobe University
G-26 07/12/2018 11:00 am 12:00 pm La Trobe University


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