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Here is a list of all the topics available from the Beginner's Guide to Rockets web site. Clicking on the title will deliver a page with a slide and a scientific explanation of the contents. Pages containing "Animated" graphics, or "Interactive" calculators and graphics, are noted in red. "Simulation" pages are also noted in red and contain Java applets which solve the equations described on other pages at the site.. If the number and variety of pages seems too intimidating, consider taking one of our Guided Tours through the web site.

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Forces on a Rocket
Rocket Thrust
Rocket Weight
Rocket Aerodynamics

RocketModeler II Simulator
Basic Rocket Motion
Rocket Translations
Ideal Rocket Equation
Free Fall (weight - no drag)
Determine Maximum Altitude..Interactive**
Altitude Equation Derivation
Graphical Maximum Altitude
Effects of Weather Cocking

Rocket Rotations
Roll Motion ..Animated
Pitch Motion ..Animated
Weather Cocking
Rocket Stability
Stability Conditions
Rocket Control
Gimbaled Thrust..Animated .Interactive**

Air Rockets..Animated..Interactive**
Typical Flight of Air Rocket
Air Rocket Launch..Interactive**
Ballistic Flight ..Interactive**
Terminal Velocity ..Interactive**
Flight with Drag..Interactive**
Ballistic Flight Calculator

Water Rockets
Typical Flight of Water Rocket
Whoosh Rocket
About Water Rockets
Start Your Journey
Educator Section
Rocket Safety
More Simulators

Model Rockets
Typical Flight of a Model Rocket
Model Rocket Engine
Rocket Engine Performance...Animated
Rocket Engine Designation
Model Rocket Safety

Rocket Parts
Structural System
Payload System
Propulsion System
Guidance System
Flight to Orbit..Interactive**
Solid Rocket Engine
Liquid Rocket Engine
Model Rockets and Real Rockets
Gallery of Rockets

General Thrust Equation
Rocket Thrust Equation
Mass Flow Rate
Area Ratio A/A* ..Interactive**
Airflow per Area..Interactive**
Thrust Equations Summary
Nozzle Design
Specific Impulse
Rocket Thrust Simulator

Weight Equation
Mass Ratios
Model Rocket Weight
Rocket Center of Gravity
Generalized Center of Gravity
Booster Staging..Interactive**

Aerodynamic Forces
Rocket Center of Pressure
Generalized Center of Pressure
Factors That Affect Aerodynamics
Density Effects
Velocity Effects
Shape Effects on Drag
Size Effects on Drag
Drag Equation
Drag Coefficient
Lift Equation
Lift Coefficient

Conservation of Mass
Conservation of Momentum
Conservation of Energy
Newton's Laws of Motion
Newton's First Law
Newton's Second Law
Newton's Third Law
States of Matter
Torques (Moments)

Scalars and Vectors
Comparing Two Scalars - Ratio
Comparing Two Vectors
Vector Components
Vector Addition
Ratios in Triangles
Pythagorean Theorem..Interactive**

Air Properties Definitions
Earth Atmosphere Equations - English
Earth Atmosphere Equations - Metric
Mars Atmosphere Equations - English
Mars Atmosphere Equations - Metric
Atmospheric Effects Simulator

Navier-Stokes Equations
Euler Equations
Bernoulli's Equation
Similarity Parameters
Dynamic Pressure
Boundary Layer
Mach Number ..Interactive**
Speed of Sound ..Interactive**
Mach-Speed of Sound Calculator
Isentropic Flow ..Interactive**
Isentropic Flow Calculator
Mach Angle ..Interactive**
Centered Expansion ..Interactive**
Prandtl-Meyer Angle ..Interactive**
Oblique Shock Wave..Interactive**
Normal Shock Wave..Interactive**
Shock Simulator
Crossed Shock Waves..Interactive**
Reflected Shock Waves..Interactive**
Multiple Shocks and Expansions

Gas Properties Definitions
Gas Pressure
Gas Temperature
Gas Density
Specific Volume
Equation of State (Ideal Gas)
Boyle's Law ..Animated**
Charles and Gay-Lussac's Law Animated
Kinetic Theory of Gases
Animated Gas Lab

What is Thermodynamics?
Zeroth Law - Thermal Equilibrium
First Law - Internal Energy
Second Law - Entropy
Specific Heat- Cp & Cv
Heat Transfer
Entropy of a Gas
Work Done by a Gas
Isentropic Compression

Introduction and Teacher's Guide
History of Rockets
Rocket Principles
Practical Rocketry
Knowledge Game
Rocket Classroom Activities

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