AP Physics Students Use Rocket Launch to Study Laws of Motion
Analyzing flight characteristics and engine capabilities, the students were tasked with estimating the height of their rockets’ launch.
Tartan Field resembled the Kennedy Space Center for a brief time earlier this week, as students in an Upper School AP physics class were lifting off rockets with Newton’s laws of motion in mind.
The class, taught by Upper School science teacher Steve Sprecher, worked with solid propellant rockets. Analyzing flight characteristics and engine capabilities, the students were tasked with applying Newton’s laws of motion to estimate the height of their rockets’ launch.
It turned into a fun competition, as the rockets lifted off to around 200 feet above Tartan Field, deploying a parachute and softly falling back to the field. The team of Nadia Momtaz, Devin Thomas and Amelia Kerr won the competition, with their prediction within a couple feet of the observed height.
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