Developed by David Marasco  Published February 3, 2019
DOI: 10.1119/PICUP.Exercise.v2rocket
Subject Area  Mechanics 

Levels  First Year and Beyond the First Year 
Available Implementations  Spreadsheet, Glowscript, and MATLAB 
Learning Objectives 
Learning Objectives: Students who complete these exercises will be able to
• Model the 1D velocity and position of a rocket without gravity using the EulerCromer method, and verify the Rocket Equation (Exercise 1).
• Produce graphs the 1D velocity and position of a rocket in under different assumptions (Exercises 24,6).
• Compare the results from two models of gravity (Exercises 23).
• Compare the results from two models of drag (Exercises 4&6).
• Fit a function to the Earth’s atmospheric density data (Exercise 5).

These exercises are not tied to a specific programming language. Example implementations are provided under the Code tab, but the Exercises can be implemented in whatever platform you wish to use (e.g., Excel, Python, MATLAB, etc.).
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Credits and Licensing
David Marasco, "Computing the 1D Motion of a V2 Rocket," Published in the PICUP Collection, February 2019, https://doi.org/10.1119/PICUP.Exercise.v2rocket.
DOI: 10.1119/PICUP.Exercise.v2rocket
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