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Beginner's Guide to Propulsion
Rocket Propulsion
Subject Area(s): Science, Mathematics
Grade Level: 9-10
National Standards:

Science
Physical Science - Position and motion of objects.
Science and Technology - Abilities of technological design.
Science and Technology - Understanding about science and technology.

Mathematics

Algebra - Use tables and graphs as tools to interpret expressions, equations, and inequalities.
Algebra - Represent situations that involve variable quantities with expressions, equations, inequalities, and matrices.
Mathematics as Communication - Express mathematical ideas orally and in writing.

Technology

Research Tools - Use content-specific tools, software and simulations (e.g., environmental probes, graphing calculators, exploratory environments, Web tools) to support learning and research.
Problem-Solving and Decision-Making Tools - Routinely and efficiently use on-line information resources to meet needs for collaboration, research, publications, communications, and productivity.

Objective:

After reading an explanation from a NASA Web-based textbook, you will demonstrate an understanding of the text by completing an activity on propulsion in which you will graph data and interpret the results.


Beginner's Guide to Rockets is a "textbook" of information prepared at NASA Glenn Research Center to help you better understand rockets and rocket propulsion. Click Beginner's Guide Index to access the list of slides. Open the slide called Newton's Third Law (with text) and read the explanation on Newton's Third Law and how it applies to the rocket propulsion system. Then using the background information given at Rocket Propulsion Activity, complete the activity designed to demonstrate your ability: (1) to complete calculations involving rocket propulsion and (2) to graph the results.


Assessment:

You, or you and your partner(s), will be evaluated on the accuracy or feasibility of your answers.
 

Evaluation:

You will demonstrate the ability to use and understand information found on the World Wide Web by completing an activity on propulsion and using the data to graph the results.

Submitted by:

Shari-Beth Nadell, Propulsion Systems Office, NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio

 



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Last Updated: Jun 12 2014

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