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Posted by Christina on Monday, December 10, 2012 at 8:56pm.

The lead female character in the movie Diamonds Are Forever is standing at the edge of an offshore oil rig. As she fires a gun, she is driven back over the edge and into the sea. Suppose the mass of a bullet is 0.009 kg, and its velocity is +735 m/s. Her mass (including the gun) is 53 kg.

(a) What recoil velocity does she acquire in response to a single shot from a stationary position, assuming that no external force keeps her in place?

(b) Under the same assumption, what would be her recoil velocity if, instead, she shoots a blank cartridge that ejects a mass of 5.0 10-4 kg at a velocity of +735 m/s?

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