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Question about Build a Paper Rocket activity

Posted: Sat Jun 04, 2022 3:42 pm
by HadeelObeidat
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Hi there,
I tried to change in my paper rocket's design by increasing the fins... At the begining I added to boosters and watched the performence then I tried to add more fins but nothing was happened.... I expected more time would be consumed to the rocket to reach the same point as a result of resisting gravity because of the fins but I did not Notice any changes

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Re: Question about Build a Paper Rocket activity

Posted: Mon Aug 29, 2022 5:42 pm
by bfinio

Sorry that this never got a reply. I'm not sure what you mean about adding "boosters," but the fins primarily help stabilize the rocket. They do add some mass and drag, however these paper rockets are small and do not go very fast, so the added mass and drag from larger fins may not noticeably impact their performance. However, that's OK - sometimes the results of our experiments are not what we expect!

Hope that helps,