Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

October 6, 2005

Whitworth Physics Students to Join Spokane Rocket Club for Oct. 8 Launch

WHAT: Whitworth students in Assistant Professor of Physics John Larkin's theoretical mechanics class are investigating how air resistance alters the motion of a rocket. To conduct the investigation, 18 students constructed four rockets between 4' and 7' tall and built a device that measures the force produced by a rocket motor and how the force varies over time.

Larkin and his students will team up with the Spokane Area Rocket Club to launch the students' rockets with an electronic payload that will record altitude 10 times per second throughout each rockets' flight.

In addition to the Whitworth-student rocket launches, club members will launch their rockets. Club events often include children who launch their very first rockets on small motors to former missile designers for the Navy who launch rockets with large motors.

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Larkin's students will launch their rockets during the afternoon on Saturday. Spectators can attend for free. If the launch is postponed due to weather, the postponement will be announced at http://sparc.rocketclub.org/. The alternate launch day is Sunday, Oct. 9.

WHERE: The launch site is located in a wheat field south of Wild Rose Road, off of Highway 395 north of Spokane


John Larkin, assistant professor of physics, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4865 or jlarkin@whitworth.edu.

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