Hallo folks - this question is to help me improve my knowledge of not simply things Kerbal, but things educational. I know this is going to sound odd since as far as I can see the Rocket Equation is pretty basic math - the problem is that though I have many sterling qualities* math has never been one of them. I've always gravitated much more to technical knowledge, history, writing, etc.

(*Namely profound wisdom, devastating charm and Hollywood good looks. Oh - and fetching modesty. )

The fact is, I'm mathematically inept - it's simply not something I ever really learned in my 50+ trips around the Sun. I look at this:

...and I can see, in principle, that it should be a relatively simple matter of arithmetic - which is the absolute limit of my mathematical knowledge. But applying it leaves me scratching my head. Where do these values come from? How do I work this?

What I would like to ask and I hope no-one minds: Would someone be willing to explain the Rocket Equation to me by taking me through using it, point-by-point?

Ideally, I'd love it if someone could build a simple rocket capable of a Munar landing and return, point out the correct values during each step so I can replicate the exercise in my own VAB - as a primarily visual and kinesthetic learner this method works much better for me than a simple description.

Sorry - I know that on the scale of learning this is about as basic as making ice cubes but it is something I'd love to learn a little better.

Hallo folks - this question is to help me improve my knowledge of not simply things Kerbal, but things educational. I know this is going to sound odd since as far as I can see the Rocket Equation is pretty basic math - the problem is that though I have many sterling qualities* math has never been one of them. I've always gravitated much more to technical knowledge, history, writing, etc.

(*Namely profound wisdom, devastating charm and Hollywood good looks. Oh - and fetching modesty. )

The fact is, I'm mathematically inept - it's simply not something I ever really learned in my 50+ trips around the Sun. I look at this:

...and I can see, in principle, that it

shouldbe a relatively simple matter of arithmetic - which is the absolute limit of my mathematical knowledge. Butapplyingit leaves me scratching my head. Where do these values come from? How do I work this?What I would like to ask and I hope no-one minds: Would someone be willing to explain the Rocket Equation to me by taking me through using it, point-by-point?

Ideally, I'd love it if someone could build a simple rocket capable of a Munar landing and return, point out the correct values during each step so I can replicate the exercise in my own VAB - as a primarily visual and kinesthetic learner this method works much better for me than a simple description.

Sorry - I know that on the scale of learning this is about as basic as making ice cubes but it is something I'd love to learn a little better.

Cheers!

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