Physics homework help, how to set up problem

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Homework Statement



A bullet of mass 0.0019 kg moving at 487 m/s embeds itself in a large fixed piece of wood and travels 0.55 m before coming to rest. Assume that the deceleration of the bullet is constant.

What force is exerted by the wood on the bullet?

Homework Equations



I think...Vf^2=Vo^2 + 2a(delta X)

The Attempt at a Solution



I don't even know how to set this problem up. I am guessing I am looking for the acceleration?
Much help appreciated.
 

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LowlyPion
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Homework Statement



A bullet of mass 0.0019 kg moving at 487 m/s embeds itself in a large fixed piece of wood and travels 0.55 m before coming to rest. Assume that the deceleration of the bullet is constant.

What force is exerted by the wood on the bullet?

Homework Equations



I think...Vf^2=Vo^2 + 2a(delta X)

The Attempt at a Solution



I don't even know how to set this problem up. I am guessing I am looking for the acceleration?
Much help appreciated.

Welcome to PF.

Yes, you can find the acceleration from that.

If you have the deceleration and you have the mass ... hmmm. Any ideas about what the force is?
 
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not really....Am I suppose to find the deceleration of the bullet first and after getting that. I should be able to find N?
 
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Dick
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You can find 'a' from your equation, right? F=ma, also right? Can't you find force?
 

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