Team Number: 074
School Name: Santa Fe High School
Area of Science: Physics
Project Title: Shock waves Due to Supersonic Flight
Our computer program is being designed using Unix programming and will utilize an "if-else" loop. The purpose of this program is to determine whether certain objects will break the sound barrier, thus causing a sonic boom. By entering different variables into the computer we will be able to tell which objects will cause a sonic boom and which will not.
PROGRESS TO DATE:
One of our team members unexpectedly left the team, so our team has been in a period of transition. Our computer program is being checked for possible errors, and it is being modified regularly to make it more complex and to insure that it runs smoother. Also, all of our team members are conducting more research on the subject to insure a more complete and thorough final project.
When completed, our program will model the probability of objects to create a sonic boom. If we had more extensive knowledge of computer programming techniques we may have been able to create a computer program with several more variables such as elevation of the object, atmospheric pressure and density, etc. The study of aerodynamics and shock waves has no ramifications as far as space travel is concerned, because the molecular structure of outer space is such that no shock waves can occur. This is true because the molecules in space are very widely spaced and there is no oxygen, so no disturbance of fluid molecules can take place. However, there could be some research undertaken to understand the possible effect sonic booms may have on animals living in or around military proving grounds. Also, in the development of A High-Speed Civil Transport system, the study of shockwaves is particularly important.
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