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Rockets and Newtons Third Law

  1. Oct 14, 2008 #1
    Why do rockets behave so well in accordance to Newtons third law
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  3. Oct 14, 2008 #2
    Can you be more specific? What do you mean by, "behave so well in accordance"?
  4. Oct 15, 2008 #3


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    There is nothing special about rockets; all physical things behave in equal accordance to Newtons third law. However, rockets were specifically built around that law, so it appears more obvious with them.
  5. Oct 15, 2008 #4


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    Because Newton's third law is right! Everything, not just rockets, obey Newton's third law.
  6. Oct 15, 2008 #5
    i think hes asking more about how newtons third law is displayed by a rocket...newtons third law states every action has an equal and opposite reaction...so the the force of the exhaust gas from the rocket helps push the rocket forward. rocket pushes on exhaust gas, exhaust gas pushes on rocket lol.....if thats what u were asking for...???
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