P1 4 Beau and Arrow

R. Blue, L. L. Blase, C. L. Kelly, J. R. G. Thompson


This paper explores the possibility of firing an arrow to split a stationary arrow in half. Considering Newtonian projectile motion, the initial velocity of the arrow was determined to be 125 ms−1 . This is within the expected range of velocities for recurve bow and longbow archers. An optimum firing angle was found to be 44.6◦ . Forces acting within the system demonstrate that an arrow made of iron and poplar could split the stationary arrow under the right conditions.

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