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BOTTLE ROCKET PROJECT

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PURPOSE: To culminate the Physics learned in eighth grade science.

REQUIREMENTS: To create a bottle rocket out of a 2-litre soda bottle that will go high

into the air once launched. [To have the victorious rocket amongst all eighth grade

classes]

ASSIGNMENT: In a group of two, students will create a bottle rocket to be launched.

Each group will set off their rocket 3 times in total, two for practice and alterations and

the third for the final. Data on launches, triangulations, and graphing for the height the

rocket traveled will be required for each launch. Reports, from each person, will be due

after each launch to include all of the listed information gathered in the lab write-up

format.

MATERIALS: 1 2-litre soda bottle with lid

paper, cardstock, cardboard material for fins and nose

duct tape to attach fins and nose

optional decorations to use on rocket

water to set off rocket

DATES: First Launch – May 21

Second Launch & First write up – May 27

Third Launch & Second write up – June 1

Final Lab Write-up – June 3

GRADING: Design & Creativity of Bottle Rocket

Lab Write-ups:

#1 [25 points] #2 & 3 [15 pts]

Drawings of rocket Drawing of rocket

-parts labeled -alterations explained 

-forces at work labeled [1 only]

Drawing of flight  [1 only]

-N 3 laws shown & explained 

-P & K energy shown

Height & Graph worksheet

Triangulation worksheet


Bottle Rocket How-To Video

BOTTLE ROCKET REQUIREMENTS

Bottle Rocket Triangulation Wkst

Bottle Rocket Launch Data Wkst


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