ERIC Number: EJ720439
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: 2
Launching a Projectile into Deep Space
Maruszewski, Richard F., Jr.
Mathematics and Computer Education, v38 n1 p5-10 Win 2004
As part of the discussion about Newton's work in a history of mathematics course, one of the presentations calculated the amount of energy necessary to send a projectile into deep space. Afterwards, the students asked for a recalculation with two changes: First the launch under study consisted of a single stage, but the students desired to investigate a launch carried out in multiple stages. The second was that the initial drag caused by the earth's atmosphere should be included in the model because it was clearly the source of a need for more energy. The class decided to rework the problem consisting of two stages. The first would be from the surface of the earth to a point essentially outside the earth's atmosphere, and the second would be from that point into deep space. This paper describes what resulted, a study which the students found to be an interesting way to review numerous topics in mathematics.
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