Instructional Video

Jetpack Rocket Science

Fly high using the force of water. A segment of the Veritasium playlist applies the Newton's Laws of Motion via a jetpack. Using a CO2 fire extinguisher, the video demonstrates the idea of Newton's second law, without enough mass. While explaining how the water jetpack works, the presenter makes the connection to launching a rocket into space. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Have the class calculate the force needed to keep them in a hover with a jetpack
  • Use the video at the beginning of a unit on motion
Classroom Considerations
  • Class members should be familiar with Newton's Laws of Motion
  • Includes closed captioning
  • Provides a visual explanation of G-force
  • None
Common Core