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Rocket Performance - Level 3

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At the end of this block of study, you should be able to:

Give the definition of a rocket
Explain Newton's first, second and third laws
 Explain about rocket engines and their propellants
Explain what causes the diamond pattern emanating
         from the exhaust nozzle of a rocket or jet engine
Explain what happens in an overexpanded nozzle
Explain what happens in an underexpanded nozzle
Explain the need for engine thrust control
Explain the need for stability and control systems
Explain passive and active control systems
Explain the importance of rocket mass and payload

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Sections in this Chapter:

rkt_icon.gif (951 bytes) Section 1 - Introduction to Rocket Performance
rkt_icon.gif (951 bytes) Section 2 - Practical Rocketry
rkt_icon.gif (951 bytes) Section 3 - Exhaust Gases' Diamond Pattern
rkt_icon.gif (951 bytes) Section 4 - Rocket Controls
rkt_icon.gif (951 bytes) Section 5 - Rocket Performance: Mass

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