Rocket Telemetry and Kinematics


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This project is based on two simulations of a rocket under identical gravitation, with identical mass and fuel. The difference in simulations are the length of burn time of the engine, and whether the flight takes place in vacuo (in a vacuum), or in the atmosphere.

RocketTelemetry

Project

Do the following:

  1. Choose a rocket engine burn time, and decide whether your rocket will be in a vacuum, or in the atmosphere.
  2. Record height, velocity, and acceleration at approximately 0.5 second intervals, starting at .
  3. Graph the position , velocity , and acceleation on three graphs, with time on the horizontal axis.
  4. Explain and demonstrate the relationship between the position and velocity graphs, and how you can obtain one from the other. Repeat for the velocity and acceleration graphs.
  5. Answer these challenge questions:
    1. What happens to the acceleration of the rocket while the engine is firing? Why?
    2. What happens to the acceleration of the rocket when the fuel is gone? Why?
    3. Is it better to burn fuel quickly, or slowly? What other things do you think a rocket engineer needs to consider when deciding on the rate of fuel burning?

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