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Thermochemistry and rockets

Workshop overview

Year level 11-12
Capacity 16-32 students. If you want to bring more students, email
When School days: Monday-Friday
Duration Half day
Where QUT Gardens Point, Science and Engineering Centre
Cost Free

Workshop details

Students launch virtual rockets on The Cube and analyse the chemistry involved in getting a rocket into space.

They investigate fuel types and work out which fuel:oxygen ratio produces the most effective means of lift. They learn how to balance chemical equations to determine exhaust velocity, thrust and specific impulse, and then optimise their parameters in a competition for the best virtual rocket launch.

Topics covered in this workshop:

  • chemistry
  • physics
  • technology
  • introduction to balancing equations.

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Curriculum links


  • Newton's Three Laws of Motion describe the relationship between the force or forces acting on an object, modelled as a point mass, and the motion of the object due to the application of the force or forces (ACSPH063)
  • Vertical motion is analysed by assuming the acceleration due to gravity is constant near Earth's surface (ACSPH062)


  • Endothermic and exothermic reactions can be explained in terms of the Law of Conservation of Energy and the breaking and reforming of bonds; heat energy released or absorbed can be represented in thermochemical equations (ACSCH037)
  • Fuels, including fossil fuels and biofuels, can be compared in terms of their energy output, suitability for purpose, and the nature of products of combustion (ACSCH038)
  • A mole is a precisely defined quantity of matter equal to Avogadro’s number of particles; the mole concept and the Law of Conservation of Mass can be used to calculate the mass of reactants and products in a chemical reaction (ACSCH039)

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