|Mar30-08, 03:56 PM||#1|
1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
The Army of the Nation of Whynot has a plan to propel small vehicles across the battlefield by shooting them, from behind, with a machine gun. They've hired you as a consultant to help with an upcoming test. A 100 kg test vehicle will roll along frictionless rails. The vehicle has a tall "sail" made of ultrahard steel. Previous tests have shown that a 20.0g bullet traveling at 400 m/s rebounds from the sail at 100 m/s. The design objective is for the cart to reach a speed of 19.0 m/s in 30.0 s . You need to tell them how many bullets to fire per second from the machine gun. Note that your answer should be a rate, which can be fractional, rather than a quantity, which must be an integer.
2. Relevant equations
p=mv J=change in momentum
3. The attempt at a solution
I found the impulse exerted on a bullet.
J= -10 Ns
Then I set up an equation to find what impulse needs to be exerted on the cart to speed up to 19 m/s:
0kgm/s + J = (100kg)(19 m/s)
Then I assumed the impulse exerted on a bullet is the same as the impulse exerted on the sail by a single bullet :
1900Ns* (1 bullet/10Ns) =190 bullets
I then divided that by 30 sec. & came up with 6.33 bullets/sec.
Is this correct?
|Mar30-08, 04:06 PM||#2|
Your math is correct and I ran through your procedure and it looks sound.
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