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Fire Extinguisher Rocket

The CO2 gas coming from the fire extinguisher is coming out very fast! It is strong enough to push the rocket chair in the opposite direction. Conservation of Linear momentum: mgas x Vgas= mrocket x Vrocket This equation says that even though the mass of the gas is small it has a very large velocity (speed). It makes the heavy rocket move with a much smaller velocity in the opposite direction! For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. (Newton¶s Third law!)

Look! Equal and opposite

Fun Fact: The center of mass of the whole system (the gas and the rocket) stays in the same place!