My daughter came home from school yesterday saying that the teacher had told them about how airplanes fly. The text from the class uses the old air over the top of the wing speeds up to lower the pressure on top compared to the flat underside of the wing. One of the boys who is into airplanes pointed out that military fighter planes have a flat wing top. The teachers response was that it was just a little curved and that her engineer husband agreed with the view presented in the text book. My daughter was skeptical because I had previously discussed how airplanes do really fly, but she did not want to rely exclusively on that conversation. I did ask her to ask the teacher how airplanes fly upside down, we’ll see how that goes.
So do any of you have a good reference that a 7th grader could understand even if it needs some explanation. My preference would be a book that would be available in a library, even a university library, so I can take her on a field trip. We have not been to the Rice University or U of Houston libraries and this would be a good reason for a university visit.