# Proportionality theorem and projectile motion

• LT72884
LT72884
So i have this question. If a projectile is fired from a spring loaded system and when it goes pass a chronograph, reads 300FPS and has a mass of 0.12grams. Is there any way to use the proportionality theorem (1/3=x/6 example) to approximate how fast a mass of 0.25grams is when fired from same system? I know it SHOULD be slower. Nothing is know about the system, no spring force, no acceleration etc. All i have is mass and fps of the projectile.

thanks. i know its an odd question. I just want to know if there is a proportionality theorem that would work haha

If a projectile is fired from a spring loaded system and when it goes pass a chronograph, reads 300FPS and has a mass of 0.12grams. Is there any way to use the proportionality theorem (1/3=x/6 example) to approximate how fast a mass of 0.25grams is when fired from same system?
The energy in the spring the same. So if you assume that it all goes into kinetic energy of the projectile, the projectile velocity will be inversely proportional to the square root of the projectile mass.

This is ignoring spring inertia, which becomes relevant if the projectile mass becomes relatively small.

LT72884
The energy in the spring the same. So if you assume that it all goes into kinetic energy of the projectile, the projectile velocity will be inversely proportional to the square root of the projectile mass.

This is ignoring spring inertia, which becomes relevant if the projectile mass becomes relatively small.
ok, that makes sense. Would you be willing to put that into an equation for me. I want to calculate the velocity to see if i want to purchase the spring loaded system. Thanks

DrStupid
So if you assume that it all goes into kinetic energy of the projectile

How do you justify this assumption if nothing is know about the system?

How do you justify this assumption if nothing is know about the system?
By assuming a massless spring and no damping, since the OP asks for a simple relation.

DrStupid
By assuming a massless spring and no damping, since the OP asks for a simple relation.

The problem is that a massless spring is very theoretic whereas the question sounds quite practical. With your assumption you might get a lower limit for projectiles with higher mass. But I expect it to fail for lower mass projectiles. It would be helpful if we would have data for at least two projectiles with different mass. Than we wouldn't need to guess.