Flying High in Physics

Year 12 Physics students experienced the thrill of skydiving when they attended Brisbane’s iFly indoor skydiving experience as part of their studies this term. The excursion combined investigation of theoretical concepts about the motion of falling objects with practical activities. Actual measurements of the surface areas of their body was used to calculate the expected terminal velocity they would reach if skydiving, then a flight in the wind tunnel enabled them to measure the actual wind speed as a comparison. Students all agreed the experience was a blast and helped to strengthen their understanding of what they had studied in class.


Lynden Chester
Physics, Engineering and Wellbeing Teacher