Lesson Plan: Measuring Rocket Impulse

The impulse data for model rocket engines is stated and shown graphically for Estes engines. This lesson will allow you to compare the manufacturer’s specifications with experimental data and compare apogee with several classes of engine.

Upon completion of this lesson plan, students will be able to:

  • Derive the impulse equation from Newton’s Second Law
  • Graph impulse data from experimental launches and compare to engine manufacturer specifications.
  • Conclude that the area under the curve of a force/time graph is the impulse
  • Compare impulse data for several classes of rocket engines

Author: Kathleen Melious

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