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Homework Help: Rocket Exhaust Gases

  1. Mar 25, 2010 #1
    A rocket with initial mass of 7.30×103 kg is fired in the vertical direction. Its exhaust gases are ejected at the rate of 6.00×101 kg/s with a relative velocity of 2.100×103 m/s. What is the initial acceleration of the rocket? What is the acceleration after 29 s have elapsed?
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  3. Mar 25, 2010 #2
    I think you will first need to find such a thing like the Thrust of the rocket, which can be obtained by:

    [tex]F_s dt = dm\cdot\vector{v}_r[/tex]

    With the thrust, which is clearly a force, you can solve for F =ma, m being the initial one (take into account that your rocket is losing mass as it goes up).
    Hint: The total force is the thrust + the gravity!
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