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

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

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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.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?

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

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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. ThanksThe 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.

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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?

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

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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.

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I agree. For very light projectiles their mass differences become irrelevant, as they all shoot out at the same velocity, determined by the spring parameters.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.

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thanks

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Many mobile phones and consumer cameras have a slowmo mode (high frame rate). You can measure the distance traveled between two subsequent frames and divide by the frame duration.i don't have a chrono graph, and trying to calculate by hand with a crapy stop watch and distance marker sucks haha.

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