Our Rocket Project
The purpose of this project was to successfully build and launch a rocket using mathematics. It has helped us learn key concepts of kinematics including motion, force, and gravity. Our rocket is 20 cm tall with four fins, each coming together at a 90 degree angle with its adjacent fin. The nose cone is 6.5 cm tall and has a diameter of 3.2 cm. We did not get to record the height of our rocket but we predicted that it would go 19.2m after stage 1 and 16.7 m after stage 2. The acceleration downward during stage 2 is -9.8 m/s^2.
3 Phases of the Rocket Launch
Phase 1: Launch
Our rocket successfully went through the 3 phases mentioned above. During the first stage, the launch of the rocket, our rocket accelerated upward until the second stage, coasting. The parachute ejected and helped the rocket land peacefully on the roof of the school for stage three, recovery. Mr. Diamond did not allow us to record the maximum height of our rocket but it looked as though it went about as high as the predicted distance upward. Our rocket project was successful and we are thankful that it did not catch on fire.