Hi, I am a mechanical engineering student and I am currently taking Dynamics.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

We have been assigned a project that basically revolves around the dynamics of a vacuum cannon. The cannon we have designed shoots ping-pong balls and we have found that shooting the balls without any added mass will make the ball travel in random directions and go a short distance. We also found that when mass was added it shot over a 100 yards. I can only assume that is due to the balls mass and its relationship with air resistance.

Basically my question is how can I determine the optimal mass of the ping-pong ball to make it travel the furthest distance.

Anything would help because I am having trouble finding thing online.

Thanks A Lot

-Jason

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