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Homework Help: The Physics of Paintball

  1. Jan 9, 2005 #1
    For a project I have for school, I have to explain the physics involved in the game of paintball. i just need a few more ideas for which areas of physics i should cover.

    I already got these area's to write about

    - velocity
    - gravity
    - momentum
    - newton's laws
    - colission
    - projectile motion
    - ideal gas law

    more ideas would be appreciated :smile:
     
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  3. Jan 9, 2005 #2

    dextercioby

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    If my idea of "paintball" is the correct one,u shouldn't use "ideal gas law"...In "projectile motion" did u include air friction??
    I think "energy" is a very important concept,doncha think so...??

    Daniel.
     
  4. Jan 9, 2005 #3
    Yeah, forgot about energy :biggrin:

    I used the ideal gas law because it says when you decrease temperature, it decreases pressure, which explains why paintball guns dont fire well in the cold.
     
  5. Jan 9, 2005 #4

    dextercioby

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    Yes,u mean the gas compressed in the gun itself.That makes sense.I was thinking about the air the ball 'flies' through and wondered :"What about the Mandeleev-Clapeyron law...?"

    Daniel.
     
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