How Do Rockets Work?

Explore the chemistry of a rocket launch. An episode of the ACS Reactions playlist explains how propellant creates the thrust necessary to launch a rocket. The instructor considers both solid and liquid propellants to make a well-rounded lesson.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Flip your classroom by assigning the video as homework; use class time for discussion and clarifications
  • Follow the video with a lab investigation to study thrust
Classroom Considerations

  • Expects an understanding of oxidation reactions

  • Incorporates humor to add interest to the presentation
  • Provides links to resources for further study

  • None