Day 160: Rocket Powered

Monday, 28 April 2014

An assortment of rockets.

An assortment of rockets.

The big project in the momentum unit is rockets. We build a rocket, estimate how fast it’ll go, and how high it’ll fly (using the Impulse-Momentum Theorem). Today, in addition to testing two classes, I showed others how to calculate for max speed and height.

I think we made a bunch of assumptions that over simplify the physics too much, so I doubt the accuracy of our calculations. It’ll be about two weeks before we actually launch, so I’m kinda chomping at the bit to test my calculations.

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