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Beginner's Guide to Propulsion
Propulsion Pop!
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1. Record the results of each experiment in the table shown below.
Number of Quarters
Distance Traveled

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2. How is the Propulsion Pop! Activity similar to a rocket? How is it different?

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A rocket is similar to this activity because both involve thrust moving the object through a chemical reaction.

A rocket is different from this activity because the rocket uses different fuel, it goes farther and faster, and it is not attached to a string. It has a cone-shaped top, while the film canister does not.

 

3. What happened when you added one quarter? Two quarters?

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With each quarter added, the "rocket" did not go as far.

 

4. Why do you think your results turned out the way they did?

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5. If you could modify this experiment, what would you do differently? Be detailed in your explanation.

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