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Solution to Fun with Fundamentals Puzzler: Shell Shocker

May 5, 2013
If the slug shooter is based on conventional railgun design, how far can he reach with each shot? Let's find out.
Review the problem: Shell Shocker.

Aided by a loophole in the local county code, Wurme establishes an auxiliary season for electric sporting arms. Using an old rifle stock, some jumper cables, and wire hangers, he concocts a device that would make Horace Smith and Daniel B. Wesson howl. How far can he shoot with this device?

Wurme can shoot about 44.7 meters with his railgun.

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Shell Shocker originally appeared as Fun with Fundamentals Problem 295.

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Elisabeth Eitel

Elisabeth Eitel was a Senior Editor at Machine Design magazine until 2014. She has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Fenn College at Cleveland State University.

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