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Homework Help: Capital Punishment @ the Dark Ages Penitentiary.

  1. Oct 10, 2012 #1
    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??
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  3. Oct 10, 2012 #2


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    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.
  4. Oct 10, 2012 #3
    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
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