Subsystem 4 - Co op Experience
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Co-op - You can go anywhere!
The coop experience is a staple of the RIT education. You can end up going across the country to anywhere in the world. These experiences are priceless, and when you graduate from RIT you'll have over a year of real experience, making you a strong candidate in any job interview.
How does an airplane fly?
The simplest explanation that most people will find about how airplanes fly has to do with the shape of the wing. The wing of an aircraft is specifically shaped to force air to move faster over the top than the bottom. The faster air moves, the less pressure it exerts. That means the pressure below the wing will be higher than the pressure above it, and this difference in pressure generates a force that engineers call Lift.
However this is only half of the story, and doesn't describe why you can fly upside-down. Newton's Third Law (for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction), is needed here. We also need to know about Angle-of-Attack, which describes how the airfoil is pointed into the wind.
Want to learn more?Click Here to see a video describing this process.
How does this apply to a sailboat? Can a sailboat go faster being pushed by the wind, or by pointing itself directly into the wind? If you think you know the answer, Click Here and find out!
Want to get more in-depth?Explore this website (a class you can take at RIT).
- ↑ Veritasium Youtube Channel, http://www.youtube.com/user/1veritasium.
- ↑ Dr. Venkataraman, RIT, http://people.rit.edu/~pnveme.
- ↑ Massachusetts Institute of Technology OpenCourseWare, http://ocw.mit.edu.
- ↑ Denker, J, http://www.av8n.com/.
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