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Correct explanation for lift takes off

Babinsky, H (2016) Correct explanation for lift takes off. Physics Education, 51. ISSN 0031-9120

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It has been 13 years since this article appeared in Physics Education. The original aim was to correct some very common misunderstandings resulting from a widespread, but wrong, popular science explanation for lift. While nothing I presented in the article was new science (lift has been well understood by aerodynamicists for centuries), nor was I the first person to point out that the ‘popular’ explanation was wrong, I nevertheless welcomed the opportunity to contribute this article because the IoP is a fantastic platform to reach a wide audience, particularly in education. The response has been overwhelmingly positive and I still receive regular emails from readers across the globe. More importantly, the article has provided the basis for many lectures I have given to students, teachers, physics societies and at University outreach events. This has been a fantastic opportunity to promote STEM subjects and introduce my favourite branch of science, aerodynamics. Also, tailoring the message to such a wide variety of audiences has deepened my own understanding of the fundamentals of my field – and it never gets boring.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Div A > Fluid Mechanics
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 19:33
Last Modified: 22 May 2018 07:36