Physics students build rockets

Physics students build rockets during hands-on activity
Posted on 11/12/2021

The 30 students in the College Physics I class at Dolgeville High School have been studying projectile motion and recently participated in a hands-on activity to learn more.

During a lab, they built working rockets that included putting an exoskeleton over a 2-liter bottle. They then added water and pressurized it to create a rocket.

Teacher Justin Daukontas said the purpose of the project was to build a skeleton that allowed the rocket to have the greatest launch height, which was determined by the time of flight of the projectile.

The group who built the exoskeleton that allowed for the greatest flight height also received bonus credit on their unit exam.

“The rocket lab is unique because it combines mathematical use for projectiles, but also allows students to be creative in their designs; all through friendly competition between peers and fun watching the rockets launch,” he said.

Please see a video below.

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