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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.

Take a look, you can see in dark blue the low pressure zones, with red being high pressure.

Take a look, you can see in dark blue the low pressure zones, with red being high pressure.

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.

Now you can see the effect of the Angle of Attack.

Now you can see the effect of the Angle of Attack.

Want to learn more?

Click Here[1] 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[2] (a class you can take at RIT).

Or if you think you are really ready, MIT OpenCourseWare[3] has a class ready for you.

And more information can be found here[4].

References:

  1. Veritasium Youtube Channel, http://www.youtube.com/user/1veritasium.
  2. Dr. Venkataraman, RIT, http://people.rit.edu/~pnveme.
  3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology OpenCourseWare, http://ocw.mit.edu.
  4. Denker, J, http://www.av8n.com/.

Directory

MSD I MSD II Subsystem Educational Information

Photo Gallery I

Planning & Execution I

Systems Design

Detailed Design

Project Review I

Photo Gallery II

Planning & Execution II

Build, Test, Document

Project Review II

Final Presentation

Technical Paper

Poster

Subsystem 1 - Accepted to RIT

Subsystem 2 - Freshman Year

Subsystem 3 - Sophomore Year

Subsystem 4 - Co op Experience

Subsystem 5 - Junior Year

Subsystem 6 - Senior Year

Subsystem 7 - Graduation

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