In this activity, students investigate the motion of a rocket using a spreadsheet with graphs of motion included. They adjust variables and investigate how height and speed are affected.

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

  • investigate at least one variable that affects the height reached by a rocket
  • gradually change that variable and describe how motion is affected by that change
  • interpret graphs to describe what is happening to the height and speed of a rocket during each stage of its flight.

Download the Word file (see link below) for:

  • introduction/background notes
  • what you need
  • what to do
  • student record sheet.

Download the Rocket graphs of motion Excel spreadsheet (see link below).

    Published 30 November 2011