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SPST310 - Rocket Propulsion


This is a survey course of rocket propulsion that covers the history of rockets, the basic science of rocket propulsion including Newton’s Third Law, basic fluid mechanics, the ideal rocket equation, nozzle design and impulse, types of rockets including thermodynamic and electrodynamic, and exotic propulsion methods such as solar sails, tethers and the future of antimatter propulsion. As an introductory survey course, the objectives of this class are geared towards gaining a conceptual understanding of these topics and how rocket propulsion works, rather than memorizing a lot of facts.






Schedule of Classes

Registration Dates Course Dates Session
09/24/18 - 03/01/19 03/04/19 - 04/28/19 Winter 2019 Session D - 8 Week session
12/31/18 - 05/31/19 06/03/19 - 07/28/19 Spring 2019 Session D - 8 Week session

Course Materials

Previous Syllabi

Book Title: Introduction to Rocket Propulsion - the VitalSource e-book is provided inside the classroom
ISBN: 9781308656977
Publication Info: VS-McGraw-Hill
Author: N/A
Unit Cost: $49.83
Electronic ISBN: 9781307190274
Electronic Unit Cost: $35.00