Rocket Science

Open—Spring

This course covers the physics of space travel from conservation of momentum to Einstein’s theory of relativity. Hands-on experience with model rockets will be a central feature. Participants will design and build their rockets, use equations and simulations developed in class to predict characteristics of their rockets’ flights, check the accuracy of their predictions by measurements made during actual launches, and work in a group to propose a future space mission. Conference projects could include more elaborate work with model rockets, proposals for new space vehicles, and studies of the history of rocketry.