So for stable flight, the best place to put the weight is in the middle of the airplane! When you moved the paperclips to the front of the plane, the center of gravity moved in front of the center of lift. Now the weight pulls the front of the plane down.

## Will adding weight to the wings of a paper airplane make it fly straighter?

Eventually weight will become greater than lift and the paper airplane will decend to the ground. In adition the larger the paper airplane the larger its wings can be. The larger the wings the greater the ability to generate lift. The longer lift is generated the further the paper airplaine will glide.

## What creates lift on a paper airplane?

A: Gravity helps create lift for paper airplanes. … This movement causes a difference of air pressure on the airplane wings, which then causes lift. Bernoulli’s Principle explains how a difference of air pressure is caused due to air moving faster on top of the wings than on bottom.

## How do you increase drag on a paper airplane?

Once you have a good idea of about how far your plane typically flies, change the plane’s shape to increase how much drag it experiences. To do this, cut slits that are about one inch long right where either wing meets the middle ridge.

## What is the best weight for a paper airplane?

We recommend to use 80 to 100 GSM. Paper weight is measured by GSM (Grams per Square Meter) meaning if you take a square sheet of paper, with a length and width of one meter, this is its weight. Normal printing paper is 80-90 GSM, so a single sheet (from both formats of paper size) weights around 5 grams.

## Does a longer paper airplane fly farther than a wide one?

Yes, the more air that can get under the wings the longer the airplane will stay airborne increasing the chances it will fly farther.

## Does the weight of a paper airplane affect the distance?

Changing Mass

In the same way a rock that is thrown pushes its way through the air as compared to a cotton ball, a paper airplane with more mass flies faster and farther than a paper plane with less mass, up to a point. If the mass is too great, the wings can’t hold the plane in the air.

## What generates lift?

Lift is generated by the difference in velocity between the solid object and the fluid. There must be motion between the object and the fluid: no motion, no lift. It makes no difference whether the object moves through a static fluid, or the fluid moves past a static solid object. Lift acts perpendicular to the motion.

## What is the dependent variable in a paper airplane experiment?

The purpose of running trials is to determine how far the plane is able to fly. This distance is what you will measure. In an experiment what you are measuring is called the dependent variable, because the distance it flies is dependent on the independent variable you are changing.

## How do planes reduce drag?

Engineers reduce friction drag by making the airplane more streamlined, the wings narrower, or by using new materials that make the surface more smooth, decreasing the ability for the force of drag to effect it. As the roughness and surface area of the airplane decreases the friction drag will decrease.

## How does adding paper clips to a paper airplane affect its flight?

How does adding paper clips to a paper airplane affect its flight distance? If paper clips are added to the wings of the airplane, then the airplane flight distance will decrease because the plane will weigh more and not fly as far.

## What is the best material to make a paper airplane out of?

The data shows that Copying paper was the best material. We think this is because it made hard paper. Hard paper helped to make the plane fly the same each time. Copying paper and Color paper were hard and strong.

## How heavy is a piece of paper?

A standard sheet of laser-printer paper of the usual thickness, either US “letter” size or international “A4” size, weighs 4.5 grams. That means 100 sheets weighs almost exactly one pound. One sheet is 0.16 of one ounce (28.35g); there are 6.3 sheets per ounce.

## How does weight affect flight?

Weight is the force that pulls the plane down due to gravity. In order for the plane to get off the ground, the plane must overcome its weight throught the force of lift. The more mass the plane has the more lift it has to produce in order to get off the ground.