1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data You are shooting cannonballs from a cannon. To achieve the maximum range of the ball, would you be better off fastening the cannon to the ground or letting it be free to recoil, or wouldn't it matter? Explain your reasoning 2. Relevant equations Conservation of momentum 3. The attempt at a solution Like in a gun, there is a recoil, but since the gun has a larger mass than the bullet, its velocity is less. But I don't think it would matter if the cannon was fasten to the ground because wouldn't the recoil of the cannon would be transferred to the bolts and ground, therefore the cannonball would still fire at maximum range?