Soda-Pop Rockets

Soda-Pop Rockets
Soda-Pop Rockets

Soda-Pop Rockets

20 Sensational Rockets to Make from Plastic Bottles
By Paul Jarvis

SCIENCE

112 Pages, 5.75 x 7.75

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB, Mobipocket, PDF

Trade Paper, $16.95 (US $16.95) (CA $18.95)

ISBN 9781556529603

Rights: US & CA

Chicago Review Press (Oct 2009)

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Overview

Start the countdown to outrageous science fun
Anyone can recycle a plastic bottle by tossing it into a bin, but it takes a bit of skill to propel it into that bin from 500 feet away. Skill, and a copy of Soda-Pop Rockets. Author and engineer Paul Jarvis has designed 20 different easy-to-launch rockets that can be built from discarded plastic drink bottles. After learning how to construct and fly a basic model, readers will find out new ways to modify and improve their designs, including built-on fins, nosecones, and parachutes that enable a rocket to float safely back to earth. More complex designs include two-, three-, and five-bottle rockets, gliding rockets, long-tail rockets, cluster rockets, whistling rockets, ring-finned rockets, and a jumbo version made from a five-gallon water-cooler tank. Clear, step-by-step instructions with full-color illustrations accompany each project, including how to build a launch pad, along with photographs of the author firing his creations into the sky. For those determined to find an educational benefit to their tinkering, these rockets are a clear demonstration of Newton’s Third Law. Soda-bottle rockets can even be used as science fair projects by budding engineers. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to build them, but who knows what career path you’ll take after you do?

Author Biography

Paul Jarvis is a full-time engineer and a trained pyrotechnician.