Beginner's
Guide to Propulsion
Rocket Propulsion
Subject
Area(s):
Science, Mathematics
Grade
Level:
910
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 contentspecific tools, software and simulations (e.g.,
environmental probes, graphing calculators, exploratory environments,
Web tools) to support learning and research.
ProblemSolving and DecisionMaking Tools  Routinely and efficiently
use online information resources to meet needs for collaboration,
research, publications, communications, and productivity.
Objective:
 After reading
an explanation from a NASA Webbased 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:
 ShariBeth Nadell,
Propulsion Systems Office, NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland,
Ohio
Related Sites:
Activity
Worksheet
Answers
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Rocket Home
Exploration Systems Mission Directorate Home
