Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College


Astronomy 198. Experimental Courses

Rocket Science

Space … the final frontier. How do we get there, what should we bring with us, and what will we find? This class will give students a broad background in the challenges and opportunities of space exploration and the commercial development of space. Specifically, the class will focus on the physics of rocketry, orbital dynamics, spacecraft engineering, telecommunications, instrumentation, and planetary geology. Students will use hands-on activities and computer exercises to simulate space mission design and operations. Students coming into the class should be comfortable with using algebra and trigonometry, and expect a fast and challenging introductory class – it is rocket science, after all.