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  • Tinkle

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    June 8, 2024 at 3:39 pm
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    A slingshot works by using the elastic potential energy stored in the stretched rubber bands or pouch to propel an object forward.

    Here’s a brief overview of how a slingshot shoots objects:

    1. Loaded Position: The slingshot is held with the pouch pulled back, stretching the rubber bands or elastic material.

    2. Potential Energy Storage: As the pouch is pulled back, the rubber bands or elastic material stores potential energy due to the stretching.

    3. Release: When the user releases the pouch, the stored potential energy is converted into kinetic energy, causing the object (e.g., a projectile like a stone or ball bearing) in the pouch to be accelerated forward.

    4. Projectile Motion: The object then follows a ballistic trajectory, with its path influenced by factors such as gravity, air resistance, and the initial velocity imparted by the slingshot.

    The amount of force and speed with which the object is launched depends on factors like the strength of the rubber bands, the stretch distance, and the mass of the projectile. Proper technique and practice are important for accurately aiming and controlling the slingshot’s performance.

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