# HL Math IA on Rocket equation

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Using the Tsoliokovsky rocket equation to calculate the mass needed to get from Earth to Mars and back. Is this a dumb idea? Is it deep enough for a HL IA? Any tips?

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5 minutes ago, BatEater said:

Using the Tsoliokovsky rocket equation to calculate the mass needed to get from Earth to Mars and back. Is this a dumb idea? Is it deep enough for a HL IA? Any tips?

Sounds like a good idea. However, if you want to score well, make sure your IA is more than simply keying in values to find the mass. Perhaps have a twist on the calculations of the mass required. Perhaps you could try calculating minimum/maximum mass required? Something like that, or maybe which mass allows you to get to Mars and back the quickest.

Additionally, I happen to have quite a lot of high-scoring student written HL Math IAs if you want some reference/inspiration.

You can check them out here.

Cheers! Let me know if I helped.

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On 4/9/2020 at 7:16 PM, MountEETOKIA said:

Sounds like a good idea. However, if you want to score well, make sure your IA is more than simply keying in values to find the mass. Perhaps have a twist on the calculations of the mass required. Perhaps you could try calculating minimum/maximum mass required? Something like that, or maybe which mass allows you to get to Mars and back the quickest.

Additionally, I happen to have quite a lot of high-scoring student written HL Math IAs if you want some reference/inspiration.

You can check them out here.

Cheers! Let me know if I helped.

Thanks. So you think deriving the rocket equation be a good way to add depth to the IA?

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13 minutes ago, BatEater said:

Thanks. So you think deriving the rocket equation be a good way to add depth to the IA?

Precisely.

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