ROCKET LAUNCH VEHICLE


DIMENSIONS OF CURRICULUM


Content: From a real world description of a test on a rocket launch vehicle, graph the path of the flight and discusss whether it is a function.

Product: A graph of the test flight of the rocket. A letter written to White Sands Army Base requesting an actual path of the rocket, and requesting any information about the testing program.

Process: Knowledge - using the coordinate plane; Evaluation - infer the shape of the path from the written description provided on the internet.

Research: NASA's RLV Home Page


LEARNING OBJECTIVE: In their study of parabolas in Algebra I or II, and in their study of functions, students will create a graph of the path of a rocket launch vehicle and write a description of the path, using the internet as a source of the written description of the test.


DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITY: The teacher will


MATERIALS: Graph paper, notebook paper, internet connection


ENVIRONMENT:Groups of two.


http://teachertech.rice.edu/Lessons/jcasey/Space.html

Last updated on April 10, 1997 by Debbie Campbell (dcamp@cs.rice.edu).

These pages were developed through GirlTECH, a teacher training and student technology council program sponsored by the Center for Research on Parallel Computation (CRPC), a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center.