Glide Ratio

Paragliders and Sailplanes

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Paragliders and Sailplanes

Sailplanes have a glide ratio of 150:3.

Paragliders have a glide ratio of 24:4.

  • Choose either the sailplane or the paraglider. Use the same tool you used with the white-backed vulture to represent equivalent glide ratios for the sailplane or the paraglider.
  • Explain the meaning of each of the ratios.

INTERACTIVE: Double Number Line Tool

INTERACTIVE: Ratio Table Tool

Hint:

When representing the glide ratios, pay attention to which numbers you use for the forward distances and which you use for the vertical descent distances.