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I have a question on a rocket in deep space (all external forces negligible), basically I'm doing something wrong the latter part of the question - maximizing the momentum via differentiation, here's the question:

So the momentum at a given mass 'm' is :

[tex]p=mv_{i}+muln(\frac{m_{i}}{m})[/tex]

I attained a derivative of respects to 'm' as:

[tex]\frac{\partial p}{\partial m}=v_{i}+u(ln\frac{m_{i}}{m}-1)=0[/tex]

Giving 'm' as :

[tex]\LARGE m=m_{i}e^{\frac{v_{i}}{u}-1}[/tex]

Which is wrong according to the solutions unless I assume v(i)=0 which I don't think I should.

Where am I going wrong?

Thanks guys,

SK

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# Homework Help: Rocket in deep space

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