McMurry Physics Students
Build a Trebuchet
(work in progress)
Oversight Prof: Bykov,
Students (not all
pictured, contributed to varying degrees):
Photographer: J. Christensen
Webpage article: J. Christensen
Originally: Tim Rackler, Carleton Thomas, David Bailey
Eventually: Chris Cumby,
Abiline, TX (Spring 2006)
During the '01-'02 year, the SPS group wanted to design and build a
Tim Rackler was the drving force behind the project. We required them
start with a small-scale kit, with the plan to expand it later.
They attatched it to a stool, cocked it, and shot it. It shot about
depending on what we shot. The big version never materialized.
(Tim Shoots the catapult.)
(Strapped to a stool, we find the range.)
(Carleton Thomas and David Bailey cock the catapult for firing.)
(Carleton Thomas fires the catapult.)
Although this catapult never became a
full-scale siege weapon, the
department used the model to discuss some of the physics principles
involved to those bright young incoming students over the next couple
of years. Then during the Fall of '05, a very different SPS group
composed of students who were freshmen in 2002, decided that it was
time to build the big one. Money was raised from MSG (McMurry
Student Government) and the supplies were (mostly) purchased. The
Physics Workshop (room 137) was cleaned and the project begun!
... This is their saga...