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G07: Physics Forces & Motion: Helicopters

Paper Helicopters - Rotation


Make sure you are familiar with the following vocabulary and understand the physics:

  • Gyroscopic precession
  • Torque
  • Pitch
  • Gravity
  • Drag
  • Thrust
  • Yaw motion
  • Center of gravity

Science of flying a helicopter

How Lift is created

Gyroscopic Precession (Newton's 2nd Law)

Rotor Systems

Types of Drag

Pitch and Control

Helicopter physics