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10 planks are required to stop the bullet in initial velocity u thickness of each planks is x and all planks are producing equal retardation find the final velocity of bullet after coming out of first plank

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  1. I am not certain what you mean by "equal retardation". Is that equal force, or equally absorbing energy?

    Assuming equal force..

    force*timeinPlank=mass*changeinvelocity
    force=mass*changeV/time=mass*acceleration
    so if each force is the same, acceleration is constant.

    vf^2=vi^2+2ad

    now on ten planks
    0=u^2+2a*thickness*10
    where thickness is the thickness of one plank.
    so a=u^2/20t

    on the first plank
    vf^2=u^2+2a*thickness
    vf^2=u^2+2u^2/20thick *thickness
    vf^2=u^2(1-1/10)=9/10 u^2

    vf=u sqrt(9/10)

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