# Modelling and problem solving

• Mar 2nd 2013, 12:53 PM
elmidge
Modelling and problem solving

Julia likes to fly model rockets and from past experience has worked out that the height(h) in metres of a rocket, t seconds after launch can be modelled with the equation:

h = 40t (k-t)

1. Find the max h of a rocket that landed after 12 seconds

2. Find the max h in terms of k

3. What assumption is Julia making about the flight of a model rocket

4. What is the effect of this assumption on the time it takes the rocket to reach its maximum height

5. Is the following statement a strength or weakness of Julia's model? Justify your answer with mathematical reasoning. "The model takes into account the fact that a rocket that flies heigher is in the air for a longer period of time."
• Mar 2nd 2013, 03:48 PM
topsquark
Re: Modelling and problem solving
Quote:

Originally Posted by elmidge

Julia likes to fly model rockets and from past experience has worked out that the height(h) in metres of a rocket, t seconds after launch can be modelled with the equation:

h = 40t (k-t)

1. Find the max h of a rocket that landed after 12 seconds

2. Find the max h in terms of k

3. What assumption is Julia making about the flight of a model rocket

4. What is the effect of this assumption on the time it takes the rocket to reach its maximum height

5. Is the following statement a strength or weakness of Julia's model? Justify your answer with mathematical reasoning. "The model takes into account the fact that a rocket that flies heigher is in the air for a longer period of time."

What have you tried?

-Dan
• Mar 7th 2013, 03:35 AM
elmidge
Re: Modelling and problem solving
Just need help to get started