FL6.2

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  • There are four basic forces acting on an object in flight. In our lives, there are also many influences on our decisions, not all of them evident. Grace is an invisible help that we receive from God in the form of consolation, strength or inspiration. The four forces involved in flight could be seen as analogous to the four cardinal virtues: prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance, which give our lives direction and impetus. Another way to see this is with grace and virtue pulling us in the right direction (upwards and forwards) while temptation and bad habits "pull" us, but in the wrong direction (down and back). Use the diagrams in Appendix E as a comparison and teaching tool. Ask students to draw themselves as if they were flying. Around the picture, list "forces" (i.e. concerns, issues, events, people) that today are lifting them up, pulling them down, dragging them back, pushing (or pulling) them forward.
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  • Appendix E - four forces and four virtues
  • Appendix G - Virtues, fruits and gifts of the Holy Spirit
  • Present the topics of virtues, conscience and how we make good choices. Then Use a "moral decision" questionnaire like the one in Appendix F, or an online one: http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/mind/surveys/morals/
  • Though not specifically Catholic or Christian, these surveys give a good idea of what is involved in moral decision making.
  • Online printables: (Note that the spaces in links are underscores: _ )
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a. Diagram how the forces of thrust, drag, lift, and gravity act on living things or devices that fly through the air.
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b. Use scientific terminology appropriately (e.g., thrust, drag, lift, and gravity) when communicating ideas about the principles of flight.
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c. Generate questions related to the principles of flight and rephrase those questions in a testable form (e.g., rephrase a question such as "Why can some gliders travel farther than others?" to "What effect does wing shape have on the distance a glider can travel?").
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d. Describe the role of lift in overcoming gravity and enabling devices or living things to fly.
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e. Determine how lift is affected by the shape of a surface by planning and carrying out steps to investigate the effect of wing shape on lift.
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f. Describe and represent methods for altering drag in flying devices, such as a bird spreading wings or an airplane employing flaps.
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g. Provide examples of how science and technology have been used to solve problems related to drag in devices that fly.
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h. Compare the sources of thrust of various constructed flying devices including the propeller, jet engine, and solid or liquid-fueled rocket.
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