Aerodynamic Lift

  • Due Sep 29, 2016 at 8:59am
  • Points 2
  • Questions 2
  • Available until Sep 29, 2016 at 8:59am
  • Time Limit None
  • Allowed Attempts Unlimited


Watch the following video tutorial on aerodynamic lift and related phenomena such as the ground effect and the Magnus force. Then take the quiz.

Aerodynamic Lift

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• Aerodynamic lift is a force created by pressure differences arising from Bernoulli’s Principle.
• The force of lift can push upward (airplane) or downward (race car) or sideways (curveball).
• Ground effect lift is produced when a flat object flies close to a smooth surface.
• The Magnus effect is an aerodynamic lift produced by an object’s spinning motion.
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Optional: Watch this video on the Magnus force:

Optional: Watch this video showing the Magnus effect on a spinning basketball dropped from a great height:


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