Asked Dec 20, 2019

When a rifle is being fired at a distant target, why isn't the barrel alligned so that it points exactly at the target?


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Step 1

When the bullet is fired at a distant target, the bullet will have to cover that amount of distance and in doing so it experiences the force due to gravity which pulls the bullet towards the earth. Basically, the motion of the bullet acts as a projectile motion.

Step 2

In light of the fact that the bullet will be in projectile motion, if the barrel is aligned just in line with the target (in distant)...

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