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Micro-Rockets for the Classroom
All Volumes (2001-2008)
  • Alice S Fletcher, University of North Florida
  • Julia A Cato, University of North Florida
  • Jennifer A Barrett, University of North Florida
  • Jay S Huebner, University of North Florida
Volume
Volume I, 2001
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2001
Abstract

Many people are fascinated with rocketry, as evidenced by hundreds of thousands of visitors to the Kennedy Space Center for Space Shuttle launches. Rockets demonstrate important basic principles of chemistry, engineering, and physics 1-5. Even model rockets are exciting to launch. Many physics teachers take advantage of this and use model solid fuel, 6 - 10 and water rockets 11-14 in their teaching activities. Scientific supply companies have responded to this interest and offer a range of equipment to investigate model rocket performance. 6,10,12,15 This note describes miniature solid fuel, or micro rockets, which are made from a single safety match, oil or paraffin, and aluminum foil. These micro-rockets have a range of up to 6 meters, and can be safely launched from a candle flame inside classrooms.

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Originally published in the American Journal of Physics (November 1999) Volume 67, Issue 11, pp. 1031

http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.19167

Citation Information
Alice S Fletcher, Julia A Cato, Jennifer A Barrett and Jay S Huebner. "Micro-Rockets for the Classroom" (2001)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jay_huebner/2/