. |

Students Builds and Launches Rockets inUpward Bound’s Pre-Calculus Class |

This past summer, 2007, in the Upward Bound Program, at Georgia State University, Students in Mr. Duncan’s Pre- Calculus Class, put their Calculus skills together in the designing, building and launching of their High Flying Rockets. The summer class began with the students forming Rocket teams of four to learn Pre-Calculus. Monday, Wednesdays, and Thursdays were used to learn the principles of Calculus. Fridays was used to build their rockets. The students studied and learned the principles involved in the Cartesian Plane and Functions. The Mission of the Rocket Project was to use the Position and Velocity Functions for free falling objects to calculate the maximum height and initial velocity of their Rocket. Listed below is the Position and Velocity Functions and the terms contained in each function. The most important scientific data the students measured for their rocket experiment is the time from the rocket is launched into space to when the rocket reaches its maximum height and starts to return to the earth. S(t) = -1/2gt2 + Vot + So or S(t) = -16t2 + Vot + So Position Function: V(t) = -32t + VoVelocity Function:Where: |