# Rocket launch

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**A lesson plan for grades 9–12 Science**

In this lesson students will explore design considerations of model rockets. They will consider how model rockets are similar to real rockets (in design and flight), as well as how they are different due to the constraints placed upon them such as size and intended user.

## North Carolina Curriculum Alignment

### Science (2005)

#### Grade 9–12 — AP Physics B

**Goal 1**: The learner will develop abilities necessary to do and understand scientific inquiry.**Objective 1.02**: Design and conduct scientific investigations to answer questions about the physical world.- Create testable hypotheses.
- Identify variables.
- Use a control or comparison group when appropriate.
- Select and use appropriate measurement tools.
- Observe and measure real phenomena
- Collect and record data.
- Organize data into charts and graphs.
- Analyze and interpret data.
- Determine uncertainties in measurements.
- Communicate findings.

**Objective 1.04**: Apply safety procedures in the laboratory and in field studies:- Recognize and avoid potential hazards.
- Safely manipulate materials and equipment needed for scientific investigations.

**Goal 2**: The learner will build an understanding of Newtonian mechanics.**Objective 2.01**: Analyze and evaluate a particle using kinematics (movement in one, two, and circular dimensions).- Motion in one dimension.
- Relate position, velocity, and acceleration of a particle for motion.
- Motion in two dimensions.
- Addition and subtraction of displacement and velocity vectors
- Visual, graphical, mathematical expressions of the motion of a projectile in a uniform gravitational field.
- Relate a particles radius, speed, velocity, and acceleration in uniform circular motion.

#### Grade 9–12 — Physics

**Goal 1**: The learner will develop abilities necessary to do and understand scientific inquiry.**Objective 1.02**: Design and conduct scientific investigations to answer questions about the physical world.- Create testable hypotheses.
- Identify variables.
- Use a control or comparison group when appropriate.
- Select and use appropriate measurement tools.
- Collect and record data.
- Organize data into charts and graphs.
- Analyze and interpret data.
- Communicate findings.

**Objective 1.04**: Apply safety procedures in the laboratory and in field studies:- Recognize and avoid potential hazards.
- Safely manipulate materials and equipment needed for scientific investigations.

**Goal 2**: The learner will build an understanding of linear motion.**Objective 2.01**: Analyze velocity as a rate of change of position:- Average velocity.
- Instantaneous velocity.

**Objective 2.02**: Compare and contrast as scalar and vector quantities:- Speed and velocity.
- Distance and displacement.

**Objective 2.03**: Analyze acceleration as rate of change in velocity.**Objective 2.03**: Analyze acceleration as rate of change in velocity.**Objective 2.04**: Using graphical and mathematical tools, design and conduct investigations of linear motion and the relationships among:- Position.
- Average velocity.
- Instantaneous velocity
- Acceleration.
- Time.

**Goal 3**: The learner will build an understanding of two dimensional motion including circular motion.**Objective 3.01**: Analyze and evaluate projectile motion in a defined frame of reference.**Objective 3.02**: Design and conduct investigations of two-dimensional motion of objects.**Objective 3.03**: Analyze and evaluate independence of the vector components of projectile motion.