A rocket burning its onboard fuel while moving through space has velocity v(t) and mass m(t) at time t. If the exhust gases escape with the velocity v sub e relative to the rocket, it can be deduced from Newton's Second Law of Motion:
m dv = dm v sub e
dt dt
a. show that v(t) = v(0) - ln(m(0)/m(t)) v sub e
b. For the rocket to accerate in a straight line from rest to twice the speed of its own exhust gases, what fraction of its intial mass would the rocket have to burn its fuel?
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