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Q & A: Crashing Bottle Rockets

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Most recent answer: 10/22/2007
Q:
Hi, My science class of eighth graders are building bottle rockets out of 2-liter bottles, paper towel rolls, and cardboard. Three of my students would like to know how to crash a bottle rocket the fastest. What are your suggestions? Please answer this question. Thank you.
- Mr. Babcock (age 32)
Holicong Middle School, Doylestown
A:
Mr. Babcock -

If you are really interested in "crashing" your bottle rockets as quickly as possible, I would suggest pointing them at the ground. ;) If your actual goal is to make them fly faster / further, I would suggest that you look around our site. We have answered several questions already concerning the construction of bottle rockets - what kind of fins / noses work best, what ratio of water to air to use, etc. Good luck!

-Tamara

(published on 10/22/2007)

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