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Pressure Versus Force: Landing on Ice!

Pressure Versus Force: Landing on Ice!

In this activity students experiment with the relationship between pressure, force, and area by calculating the force and pressure exerted by a LC-130 aircraft on the ice runway in McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica. The LC-130 is a four-engine turboprop transport aircraft used by the United States Antarctic Program for cargo and personnel transport between New Zealand and McMurdo Station and between McMurdo Station and Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. Students will also strengthen estimation skills during this activity.


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