The Rocket Equation

In February Matt met astronaut Chris Hadfield and together they derived the Rocket Equation which tells us how much fuel is needed to get a certain mass into orbit. The full notes and maths from the video and an activity for students can be found below.
Age groups relevant for by Key Stage:
Possible duration of tasks:
Up to 30 mins,
30 mins - 1 hour

Equipment needed

A calculator.

Curriculum Topics Covered

The Rocket Equation - The full notes and maths from the video for sixth formers and teachers. Topics include: momentum, integration, logs and exponentials. 

Rocket Energy - energy physics, algebraic manipulation.

More information

See Teacher Solutions for solutions to Rocket Energy and the bonus activities in The Rocket Equation.

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