How do conventional rockets work?

How did DS1 get into space?

DS1 did not use either of its onboard propulsion systems to get into space. DS1 was ferried into space by a Delta II rocket, a rocket commonly used to put satellites or space probes into space. Once DS1 was in space and all systems are deployed and working, it was pushed forward by its own propulsions systems.

This is a Delta II rocket seen from a distance blasting off. Photo from JPL's Planetary Missions & Instruments image gallery

How are rockets designed?
How does propulsion work?
How do conventional rockets work?
What is DS1's programmed course?
How do we put a ship into orbit?

How does a multi-stage rocket like a Delta II work?
Why does it take so much energy to launch DS1?
Can you use ion propulsion on Earth?