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    In this activity, students use a rocket launch simulation. They change variables such as thrust to make a rocket go as high as possible.

    By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

    • investigate how thrust, time of thrust and mass of a rocket can be changed to make a rocket go as high as possible
    • explore how drag influences the height reached by a rocket
    • explore how the speed and forces acting on a rocket change during a launch
    • explore how the changing mass of a rocket (as propellant is used and ejected) affects the speed and height of a rocket.

    Download the Word file (see link below) for:

    • introduction/background notes
    • what you need
    • what to do
    • student record sheet.
      Published 30 November 2011 Referencing Hub articles