# Bullet fired and penetrates a block of wood

by talaroue
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 P: 303 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data[/b] A rifle with a barrel length of 61.54 cm fires a 8.17 g bullet with a horizontal speed of 400 m/s. The bullet strikes a block of wood and penetrates to a depth of 8.9 cm. What resistive force (assumed to be constant) does the wood exert on the bullet? 2. Relevant equations Dynamics 3. The attempt at a solution
 P: 303 am i even in the right direction? If not where did I go wrong?
 Mentor P: 41,459 Did you give the correct attachment?
 P: 303 Bullet fired and penetrates a block of wood haha oops good catch give me a second
 P: 303 now its the correct image. Thank you for that.
 Mentor P: 41,459 Hint: Use energy considerations.
 P: 303 Is that the only way that we are able to solve this because we haven't gone over engeries in class yet?
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 Quote by talaroue Is that the only way that we are able to solve this because we haven't gone over engeries in class yet?
No, you can also use dynamics/kinematics. Start by finding the average acceleration.
 P: 303 Am i suppose to assume that the distance the bullet traveled is 70.44 cm? Which is the barrel length+ the depth of the bullet in the wood?
 P: 303 I got the anwser it was 7343.822 N.....only problem is I dont know how I got it I found someone who did this problem online and just plugged my numbers in his equation but it doesn't show how he derived the equation!
 HW Helper P: 5,341 The distance it decelerates is .089 m. The initial velocity is 400 m/s. The final velocity of course is 0. Does anything occur to you as to how to find the magnitude of the deceleration? See maybe: http://www.physicsforums.com/showpos...63&postcount=2
 P: 303 I think working on physics so long actually made me worse at it. It was right in front of me I just needed you to remind me of Kinematics! just us xf=xi+(vf^2-vi^2)/2a....then multiply the mass of the bullet by acceleration and that gives me fs.....wow FML

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