Case Study: How to Be a Rocket Scientist!

Let’s try one more proposal. In this you become a rocket scientist whose name is Chris. Chris’s task is to convince his boss to change the direction of the research at a critical juncture in an important project. The Outline Guide will escort you through this exercise again (Figure 14-1). An answer sheet will give you extra guidance as you compare your results with those of Chris. Chris has been assigned to conduct research on new plastics for use in nose cones on space vehicles. Recovery requires that vehicles survive the intense heat and pressure of reentry into the earth’s atmosphere.

During his career in the plastics industry, Harry Jacobs, Chris’s laboratory manager, has become widely respected ...

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