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:

KS3,

KS4,

KS5

Possible duration of tasks:

Up to 30 mins,

30 mins - 1 hour

The Rocket Equation (PDF - 98.11 KB)

Rocket Energy (PDF - 80.42 KB)

Teacher Solutions (PDF - 60.79 KB)

## 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.