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Proof/Explanation to why bullet hits the apple

  1. Oct 8, 2015 #1
    I have a bullet with a initial velocity and an apple in free fall (-9.8 acceleration). Whenever I shoot the bullet it will hit the apple as long as the vector of the bullet is aimed at the apple. What I want to know is why does that occur? Why is it that as long as I aim the apple, the bullet hits it?
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  3. Oct 8, 2015 #2


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    Is this a homework question? If so then you need to use the template.
  4. Oct 8, 2015 #3
    No this is not really a home-work question? It's just a little question that I had. But I really need to know the answer.
  5. Oct 8, 2015 #4


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    OK, I have moved it from the homework section into the technical forums.
  6. Oct 8, 2015 #5


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    The top rated comment by CGP Grey under this video has a nice graphics explaining that:

  7. Oct 8, 2015 #6
    The bullet and the apple fall at the same rate.

    Imagine performing the experiment in space, let the apple go and simultaneously fire the gun at it from a range of 300 m with a bullet velocity of 300 m/s, the bullet will hit the apple at the apples original location 1 second later.

    Now modify the experiment by adding the earth. 1 second after being dropped the apple will be 4.9 m below its original position, and the bullet will be 4.9 m below it's original trajectory for exactly the same reason. Gravity accelerated them both by the same amount for the same time, and so displaced them by the same distance.
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