Lesson Plan


Welcome to the Physics of Sailing Project, a six-week high school Physics project designed in a project-based learning (PBL) format. The project focuses on the application of Newton’s Laws in sailboat design.  Over a six-week period, this project mixes team-based student inquiry, direct instruction, and teacher- or student-directed activities.SponsorCurriki is grateful for the tremendous support of our sponsor, Oracle. Special thanks to Grant Simmer, Oracle Team USA, CEO and to Chris Ray for generously donating his photographs.


  • Science > General
  • Science > Physics

Education Levels:

  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12


Newton's Laws sailing keel sail design physics motion force force diagram



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HS-PS2-1: Next Generation Science Standards

Analyze data to support the claim that Newton's second law of motion describes the mathematical relationship among the net force on a macroscopic object, its mass, and its acceleration.
Curriki Rating
On a scale of 0 to 3
On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2015-08-28.

Component Ratings:

Standards Alignment: 3
Subject Matter: 3
Support Steaching: 3
Assessments Quality: 3
Deeper Learning: 3
Janet Pinto
November 11, 2015
Chris McVarish
August 11, 2014
Todd A. Sherman (ShermanTank)
August 8, 2014

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