Fig. 6-6 The launch of Shenzhou-V

Now we are going to use Newton's Laws of Motion to solve a very interesting problem. On Oct 15, 2003 China reached a milestone in history with the launch of its manned spacecraft Shenzhou-V. Have you seen the launch of Shenzhou-V on television? If you have recorded the launching motion on a video tape, you would be able to analyze the motion using Newton's Second Law. Sound interesting? The following activity will guide you to do the analysis and let you understand more about the applications of Newton's laws.

Activity: Launching motion of Shenzhou-V