Hello Pilots, I’m not a pilot although I’d love to be one someday. I’m currently a college student studying engineering. I’m taking Calculus this semester and have been assigned to do a semester project about aviation. Specifically, I’ll be using calculus to model descent paths using polynomials and working with vertical decent rates and acceleration. The assignment prompt talks about three different mathematical conditions that determine approach path, namely cruising altitude, horizontal distance from touchdown and decent rate. The second part of the project asks me to contact a real pilot and find out from them what other factors influence descent from a pilot’s perspective. I was wondering if anyone here would be willing to share what you know about descent from your experience as a pilot. Thanks in advance.