Teaching Physics with the Physics Suite

Edward F. Redish

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Flying Low

When flying on a small plane a few months ago, as we were coming down to land, I looked out the window and noticed that a typical yellow school bus almost directly below us appeared to be about the size of a dime held at armís length. Estimate how high my plane was above the ground at that moment. Be sure to clearly state your assumptions and how you came to the numbers you estimated. Bus

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