1N22.20 - Water Rocket

Code Number:
1N22.20
Demo Title:
Water Rocket
Condition:
Good
Principle:
Action & Reaction
Area of Study:
Mechanics
Equipment:
Water Rocket.
Procedure:

Fill the water rocket to the first or second line with water, attach to pump, pump 8 to 10 times, and pull the trigger.  Make sure the gaskets seal properly.

References:
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