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ERIC Number: EJ852858
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
Baking Soda and Vinegar Rockets
Claycomb, James R.; Zachary, Christopher; Tran, Quoc
Physics Teacher, v47 n2 p88-92 Feb 2009
Rocket experiments demonstrating conservation of momentum will never fail to generate enthusiasm in undergraduate physics laboratories. In this paper, we describe tests on rockets from two vendors that combine baking soda and vinegar for propulsion. The experiment compared two analytical approximations for the maximum rocket height to the experimentally measured rocket height. Baking soda and vinegar rockets present fewer safety concerns and require a smaller launch area than rapid combustion chemical rockets. Both kits were of nearly identical design, costing approximately $20. The rockets required roughly 30 minutes of assembly time consisting of mostly taping the soft plastic fuselage to the Styrofoam nose cone.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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