the turkish bow of the 15th and 16th centuries greatly outperformed western bows. the draw force F(x) of the turkish bow versus the bowstring displacement x (for x negative) is approximately represented by a quadrant of the ellipse (F(x)/Fmax)^2+((x+d)/d)^2=1 . Calculate the work done by the bow in accelerating the arrow, taking Fmax=360N , d=.7m and arrow mass m= 34g. assuming that all of the work ends up as arrow kinetic energy, determine the maximum range R of the arrow. (the actual range is about 430m) Compare with the range for a bow that acts like a simple spring force with the same Fmax and d.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

First I started by getting the draw force F(x) in terms of x.

F(x)=-Fmax(x^2+2xd)+1

then I did the integral of that function with respect to x from -.7 to 0 to get the work. And then i set the work equal to kinetic energy and solved for v0. I got v0 = 69.88m/s. giving R=v0^2/g=497.81m

The answer in the back of the book is

R=v0^2/g=(pi*Fmax*d)/(2*m*g)=1188m

and the turkish bow is larger by a factor of pi/2

I would like to know what i'm doing wrong, and how they derived that

R=v0^2/g=(pi*Fmax*d)/(2*m*g). Thanks!

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