Homework Help: Capital Punishment @ the Dark Ages Penitentiary.

1. Oct 10, 2012

Hannah1

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
In an effort to exact the most severe capital punishment upon a rather unpopular prisoner, the execution team at the Dark Ages Penitentiary search for a bullet which is ten times as massive as the rifle itself. Obviously this team did not know enough physics to know that it was a BAD idea.

True or False?

2. Relevant equations
Common Sense

3. The attempt at a solution
I'm assuming that it is True because the bulet would not fit in the gun.

Am I correct??

2. Oct 10, 2012

phinds

It is conceivable, albeit ridiculous, that the "bullet" could be a long lead rod that weighed more than the gun. TODAY, on the other had, it would be much more feasible since you could use a long depleted-uranium bullet in a light-weight gun.

In any case, it's a silly concept.

3. Oct 10, 2012

Hannah1

I submitted the assignment, and the answer was True. I can see what you mean though. I wonder where the teacher comes up with questions like this. haha