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Flight

Overview

Discover the science behind flight. You will learn about the force of gravity and how it relates to weight. You will also find out how airplanes fly. The Science Behind makes learning core science curriculum fun! Each title in the series breaks down one topic in a clear and understandable way. Features of the series include amazing diagrams, eye-popping photographs, engaging fact boxes, and "try it yourself" activities.

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Overview

Discover the science behind flight. You will learn about the force of gravity and how it relates to weight. You will also find out how airplanes fly. The Science Behind makes learning core science curriculum fun! Each title in the series breaks down one topic in a clear and understandable way. Features of the series include amazing diagrams, eye-popping photographs, engaging fact boxes, and "try it yourself" activities.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Tina Chan
Flight is controlled movement through the air. Though many people have wanted to fly, we don't have the right equipment, which is why we started building flying machines. Helium balloons float into the sky because they are lighter than air. Planes and hang gliders fly because they have wings, which provide lift. They are slowed down and stopped by drag. Hang gliders sometimes stay in the air longer by finding a thermal, which are areas of warm rising air. Airplanes and helicopters fly farther and faster because of thrust. Spacecraft burns fuel to blast hot gases from the tail end, which requires more thrust. Different planes do different jobs. Some planes are big and heavy, while others move and change direction quickly. Large, vivid, color illustrations and photographs are shown to correspond with the text. The images enhance the story and they are appropriate for the age group. A glossary is included to introduce words that may be unfamiliar to readers. Also included are a fun home experiment, further resources list, and index. Reviewer: Tina Chan
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781410945020
  • Publisher: Heinemann-Raintree
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Series: Science Behind Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: IG760L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Louise Spilsbury is a very experienced author of nonfiction books for young people. Her writing covers a wide range of topics from animals and science to history and social studies.
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Table of Contents

Up in the Air 4

Hot-Air Balloons 6

Hang Gliders 10

Airplanes 14

Helicopters 18

Spacecraft 22

Understanding Flight 24

Try It Yourself 26

Glossary 28

Find Out More 30

Index 32

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