So Im supposed to find the maxium height for which the rocket traveled and am not really sure how to do it, Ive only figured this out so far.
The angle which the rocket was at from where I was standing at its highest point was about 86 degrees and the distance I was away from it was 100 feet. So would I just do (100ft) x (86)tan? or what?
Here's a few tips:
Use 4 fins instead of 3.
And when you're done building it, attach a rope to it somehow and swing it all around. Make sure there are no people near you and don't get dizzy and fall over.
If the rocket doesn't make any erratic movements when you swing it like that, it's a good indication that it will be stable in flight.
NEVER launch in wind. Not even the slightest little breeze.
The engines we used pops the nose out with a little explosion at the end, so we used to attach a streamer to the rocket, so it's clearly visible when it falls. (Of course you have to attach the nose to the rocket with a string too or you'll lose it! )
Yes you can take the wind into account. I'm going to keep things simple, though, so we don't have to solve differential equations. I'm going to assume that the wind causes the rocket's velocity to change by a constant amount, and the wind will be in the same plane that the rocket is fired in and in the same general direction. (In other words the wind is at the rocket's "back.")
The problem is virtually identical to what you did before. The max height calculation is the same, but now we have an additional v attached to the x horizontal component of the velocity. So the rocket will travel an additional d = vt in the horizontal direction compared to what it traveled before.
If your wind is doing something more complicated then we have to resort to differential equations and things like air resistance. If you need help with that kind of model, just let us know.