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Posted by **boom** on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 8:22am.

1.The lift force which acts perpendicular to the wings of the plane.

2.The rate with which the loaded plane is losing gravitational potential energy.

3.The rate with which the loaded plane is losing gravitational potential energy

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**bobpursley**, Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 10:13am1. The lift force is mass*g if the aircraft is at constant speed downward gliding.

2. rate losing PE?

altitude= vertical speed*time=

= speedgiven*sinGlideAngle*time

rate of altitude loss= speedgiven*sinGlideAngle

rate of PE loss: mg*rateOfAltitudeLossAbove.

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**Damon**, Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 10:23amLift does not act perpendicular to the wings but to the oncoming air flow. The two angles differ by the angle of attack.

speed = 129*10^3/3600 = 35.8 m/s

weight = 1250 * 9.81 = 12,263 N

Path at angle T down from Horizontal

Vertical forces:

weight down = 12,263 N

Lift component up = L cos T

Drag component up = 1300 sin T

so

12,263 = L cos T + 1300 sin T

Horizontal forces:

weight not horizontal

Lift forward = L sin T

drag back = 1300 cos T

so

1300 cos T = L sin T

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**bobpursley**, Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 10:25amI agree with Damon, I was thinking the drag force as horizontal.

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**Damon**, Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 10:26amBy the way, this means that for a glider:

Drag/Lift = tangent of steady glide angle

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