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Grade 7


Module 3

Making a rocket

Design and realise


A rocket relies on jet propulsion in order to fly. When a rocket uses its fuel, a current of warm air is exhausted at its tail causing the rocket to move forward. Planes that fly at lower than 25 km use the oxygen in the atmosphere to ignite (burn up) their fuel.

Rockets have to carry oxygen with them, because above 25 km from the earth’s surface there is not enough oxygen.

M ake a Rocket


We are now going to make a rocket that will use jet propulsion in order to move forward. The speed with which a rocket moves forward depends on the amount of propellant gas that is exhausted at the rear end. Water is a much better propellant than warm gas, because it is much heavier. We are going to use compressed water and air and will make observations regarding how high/far your rocket can fly.

Assignment 1:

To find the requirements needed for the rocket

[lo 1.10]


  • Thin cardboard.
  • A pen.
  • A ruler.
  • Coloured cardboard.
  • A pair of scissors.
  • Two empty.
  • 2ℓ plastic bottles.
  • Strong broad adhesive tape or masking tape.
  • A funnel.
  • A jug of water.
  • A cork.
  • An air valve (from a bicycle pump).
  • Plastic tube.
  • A bicycle pump.
  • A plastic bank coin pouch.
  • A protractor.
  • Glue.
  • A Stanley knife.
  • A stiletto or a knitting-needle.
  • A pair of compasses.
  • Oil-based paint.


A plane or rocket operates according to Newton’s third law of movement, namely if one source exerts a force on another, then the other source exerts the same amount of force on the first source, but in the opposite direction from the first source; i.e. for each action there is an opposite reaction.

If the force you exert on something is bigger than the resistance exerted by that object, the force that you exert can cause movement. The movement in the rocket is brought about by the rocket being pushed upward by the escaping gases that were generated as a result of the chemical reaction between the fuel and the oxygen that are burnt up in the combustion chambers. The large volume of gases escapes at a high speed through the rocket’s steel exhaust pipe.

There are five types of force that act upon a rocket, namely:

Thrust : the force provided by the engine, which is exhausted at the rear end and which pushes the rocket forward

Gravity : the force that pulls the rocket back to earth

Resistance : This is exerted by the air against the rocket, causing the rocket to reduce its speed. (Outside the atmosphere, there is no resistance, because there is no air.)

Lifting force : A rocket cannot be launched effectively and rise vertically unless the lifting force of its engines is greater than the weight of the rocket.

Relative wind : The air flows rapidly around the nose and down the body. Longer nose-pieces are used to get better airflow.

Assignment 2:

To do research on the fins of a rocket

[lo 1.7]


A rocket needs fins in order to fly in a straight line. Do research about what the fins of a rocket look like and draw a few examples in the space provided. Also decide how many fins you would like to use and what size the fins will have to be in relation to the body section of the rocket. Also, decide what type of material will be the most suitable for making the fins. The position of the fins on the body is also extremely important.

Questions & Answers

what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
How can I make nanorobot?
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
how can I make nanorobot?
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
Smarajit Reply
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Source:  OpenStax, Technology grade 7. OpenStax CNX. Sep 10, 2009 Download for free at http://cnx.org/content/col11032/1.1
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