Basics of Space Flight (ASTRON0087)
Study Guide for Test #2
Overview:
Test #1 will cover all my lectures from Roots of Rocketry through the first lecture in
rocket design.
It will also cover the Oregon readings corresponding to my lecture
materials.
Both my lectures and the corresponding Oregon readings are listed just below.
Test #2 will start with my second lecture in rocket design.
My Lecture:
Roots of Rocketry
Oregon Lecture:
1. Early Rocketry
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Know the important events and dates given in the
table in slide #2 of my first lecture.
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Understand thrust vs. weight issues
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Know the chemical formula for black powder.
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What are propellant, oxidizer and fuel?
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Be able to state Newton’s 3 Laws of Motion
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Be able to apply the momentum conservation equation to calculate the recoil speed of a cannon
fired in space (see my lecture slide for an example)
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Be able to explain why, even though its thrust remains constant, a rocket’s acceleration keeps
increasing.
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Be able to calculate a rocket’s final speed given its initial mass, final mass and exhaust speed
(see my lecture for an example).
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Be able to calculate the initial mass of a rocket given its final mass, its final speed and its
exhaust speed (see my lecture for an example)
My Lectures:
Mechanics & Orbits: Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo and Laws of Mechanics
Oregon Lecture: 2. Galileo/Newton
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 Spring '08
 JohnStein
 Mass, Isaac Newton, Kepler's laws of planetary motion

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