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For a ballistics study a 1.9 gram bullet is fired into soft wood at 380 meters/sec and penetrates 15 cm.

a.) find the retarding force (resistance) in N.

b.) the time needed to stop the bullet in sec.

c. acceleration of the bullet in meters/sec.

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    a) initial kinetic energy = (force) x (penetration distance)
    Solve for the force, F = .
    Use kg and meters for doing the calculation.

    b) Vaverage * time = (Vo/2)*time = 0.15 m
    Solve for the stopping time.

    Vo is the initial velocity, 380 m/s

    c) a = F/m = Vo/(stopping time)
    (You should get the same answer wither way)

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