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Using a Model Rocket-Engine Test Stand in a Calculus Course

Mike Weiss, Brian Dodge, Kate Harden, Amy Hempstead, Jeff Lloyd, Brian Pott 

October 2002, Volume 95, Issue 7, Page 516

Abstract:
A project used to reinforce Calculus concepts as well as to be able to provide data for a future Freshman Science rocketry project in a practical setting. Students used the concepts of the average value of a function along with Riemann sum approximation techniques and spreadsheet skills to determine the average thrust of a model rocket engine.

Keywords:
Integrals
Calculators
Article
Conceptual Development
Grades 9-12
Teacher
Lesson Plans
Modeling