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  • I CAN NOT FIGURE THIS OUT! The speed of my bullet depends on the number of feet the bullet has traveled since it left the gun. So how could i find how far my bullet is traveling at a certain measurement away??
  • ohhh... i will have to try that-- thank you!
  • You would use the formula y=mx+b. This way you can figure out all about the shooting of your gun, believe it or not- hunting takes math too!
  • my bullet is traveling at 3,500 ft./second when it is 25 feet from the gun-- so then at 2,600 feet/ second it is 250 feet away. So wait, how does that work?
  • Correct! This would work because you figure out an equation to your calculations, therefore, using the standard equation format- it would be y= -4x+3600 and m= -4 would be the slope. Also, b=3600 would be the y intercept.
  • Okay, so if i were to use that formula, the speed of the bullet immediately after the trigger is pulled, would be 3600 feet per second. Leading to when the bullet has stopped, it has traveled 600 feet.
  • And then... the slope would be -4. This would be representing that for every foot away from the gun [the bullet], it has 4 less feet to go per second. Now i get it!
  • You've got the hang of it! So now all of the background information to the problem has been thought over in your head- and not aloud, if you were to express your solving steps, you would also realize that when the bullet has traveled 300 feet, it has gone 2,400 ft./sec. As well as when the bullet has slowed to 500 ft./sec. the bullet has traveled 475 feet away from the gun.
  • Now I have learned to express my solving steps for greater understanding and also how to solve for real life situations with word problems, using linear equations/functions!
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