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How does the mass of the paper airplane affect how far it flies?

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A paper airplane is affected by gravity, in proportion to its mass. The paper airplane will only stay aloft as long as the lift (upward force) is greater than or equal to the force of gravity (downward), plus the time it takes to fall to the ground. Thus, for the same amount of lift, a lighter airplane will fly farther.

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

Paper, because it is much lighter, and a foil airplane will take up much more mass.

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The mass of a paper airplane is equal to the sheet of paper it is constructed out of, plus any additional materials.

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

The peice of paper compares to the paper airplane because they both have the same mass. Whether a paper is flat,folded in half or is shaped into a fancy paper boat it will always have the same amount of mass.

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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.

paper airplanes are suppose to be light to stay longer in the air so i suggest that you use construction paper for your airplane if this answer doesn't work don't blame it on me.my name is josh

The Wright Model B airplane was the first mass-produced airplane.

First law: The speed of the paper airplane remains constant unless acted upon by an external force. At launch, until thrown by someone, the airplane is at rest. In the air, drag (friction) is slowing the aircraft down.Second law: The airplane's acceleration at every instant is equal to the sum of all the forces on it divided by its mass.Third law: As the paper airplane's wings generate lift, they are subject to gravity. When thrown, the airplane has thrust, but drag is also generated.

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1910-1914 Model B -- Built by the newly formed Wright Company, this was thefirst mass-produced airplane. It was also the first Wright airplane without a canard

The mass of a paper clip is simply measured in grams.

It depends on the airplane. A Boeing 737 has a mass of over 33,000 kilograms.

Yes, I think a paper clip has mass of about a gram.

how does mass affect the shape of an object?

no it does not thermal energy has no affect on mass

Tearing paper does not directly affect the composition of the paper's molecules, or its mass. You can recycle the paper, and end up with a piece of paper again. For some types of paper, simply wetting it, connecting the pieces, and drying it again would create the same size sheet of paper.

It will not affect the mass in any way whatsoever.

The answer to this question is a matter of some fairly simple physics which I will try to explain to you. First, you need to understand that most paper airplanes are not really airplanes. Airplanes fly because the shape of the wing produces lift; paper airplanes mostly fly as projectiles, meaning that they fly because you throw them. The first reason that the lighter airplane might not fly as far is in the design. Typically, the lighter paper airplane will have larger wings, and therefore, more drag. Since it is virtually impossible to make the paper airplane perfectly symmetrical, one of the wings has more drag which causes the airplane to spin and crash short of its maximum possible distance. The second reason is also related to the design. If you have a light airplane with more drag and a heavy airplane with less drag, the heavy airplane can fly much more easily. This is because the heavier airplane has less drag as well as more momentum to "push" through the air. On this note, a piece of paper crumpled into a ball will fly further than most paper airplanes I have seen just because is has lots of mass for the level of drag it induces. The crumpled piece of paper also will probably fly much straighter that the paper airplane too, just because it is fairly uniform in shape. At this point, we are completely ignoring lift; but at such a small scale with such light material, it works better that way due to the reasons above. Of course, if you put engines and control surfaces on the paper structure, you change the game entirely. Now it has to fly with lift instead of as a projectile otherwise it will crash because it has no control. This explains why real airplanes are not just big balls of metal.

Depends on the mass of the airplane and its velocity. Use the equation 1/2M*V^2=KE

Temperature can affect the mass of something and also freezing the object.

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