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Homework Help: Essay topic ideas

  1. May 7, 2009 #1
    hello physics forums!
    it is my first time here so please excuse me for any mistakes :)

    i have to write a 4000 word physics essay
    and i wanted to write an experimental one, something preferably related to aerodynamics (since it is my topic of interest)
    does anyone have any ideas of specific topics to investigate?
    i thought of investigating the magnus effect but my teacher wants specific variables that can create clear, quantitative data and i am unsure what variables to investigate
    my resources here at my high school are quite limited so i would prefer ideas that do not require too much equipment, and yet something that i can investigate deeply enough to write a 4000 word essay

    thank you in advance!
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  3. May 7, 2009 #2
    How about the aerodynamics of wind dispersed seeds such as the sycamore?
  4. May 7, 2009 #3
    but wouldnt the math behind such an irregularly shaped object be very difficult?
    and can you be more specific by providing quantitative variables i can investigate?

  5. May 7, 2009 #4
    I think the math will be extremely difficult but for a high school project they cannot expect too much.How about mimicking a sycamore seed action by making and investigating paper spinners.I know these are toys but there is some heavy duty physics behind them.I think if you made a few spinners and played around with them you would see for yourself that there are many variables you could investigate.Whatever you choose to do good luck with it and enjoy it.
  6. May 8, 2009 #5
    ok i'll give it shot
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