Paper Airplanes

# Does the density of paper affect the flight of a paper airplane?

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The heavier weight of a thicker paper will affect the range of the flight, and different folding characteristics and stiffness will affect the aerodynamics.

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no.because the designs just make it look better so basicly it do not affect flight

Weight adds to the inertia giving the plane more momentum in flight. Yes!

Yes, because on hot days for instance, paper airplanes can catch thermals.

Yes, weight may affect a paper airplane by increasing its mass. This may alter its glide ratio and change its wing loading.

The weight of the paper. If you accumulate a lot of paper at one place (depending on the design) it could bring the airplane down faster than if you didn't accumulate so much paper in one place.

The effect of a hole on a paper airplane would depend on the type of paper airplane the hole is on, and where it is on the aircraft.

The weight can alter the flight, depending on the variables, like how heavy you are going to make it and such...

Definitely. If it is raining they will not fly. High winds are bad too and may carry them away.

Yes it does affect , it depends upon how thinner the paper is .

I am doing a science project in school. Subject: How does temperature affect the way a paper airplane flies?

Generally and theoretically speaking, it all depends on Gravity, since the weight (not the mass) of an object determines how fast it will fall. Thus it is general knowledge to say that the heavier the weight of the paper, the shorter the flight path. The lighter the weight of the paper, the longer the airplane will stay in the air. Of course, this also is highly dependent on the aerodynamic integrity of the paper airplane itself and how it is shaped and made to fly. A poorly built or folded paper airplane has a far shorter flight-path or no flight-path than one that is well built and/or folded, regardless of the weight of paper being used.

It depends on what you mean by "best paper airplane". The longest time aloft for a paper airplane is 27.6 seconds, thrown by Ken Blackburn and verified by Guinness (indoor flight). Tips for a good paper airplane are at www.paperaeronautics.org/tipsforagoodplane .

It affects the mass depending on the shape or the size of the paper airplane.

Yes. A wider winspan will make a paper airplane fly farther.

The kind of paper chosen to make a paper airplane affects its weight. The best paper for making airplane is the light but firm paper. Firm paper prevents the paper plane from crumbling in the wind.

The wind can push the airplane in all driecrions which causes the airplane to go crazy.

the lighter the paper the easier the lift.Heavey paper will drop quicker.

It shifts the center of gravity forward. If the paper airplane originally had the center of gravity too far back, causing it to nose up and stall a paperclip or two can correct this and produce stable flight. If the paper airplane originally had the center of gravity correctly positioned or was too far forward the paperclip will cause it to nose down and crash.

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