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Puzzle ID:#3610
Fun:*** (2.71)
Difficulty:** (1.24)
Category:Science
Submitted By:bobbrt*****

 

 

 



A piece of firewood is standing on end. Which is more likely to knock the piece of wood over - a lead bullet fired from a gun or a rubber bullet of the same mass travelling at the same speed (and hitting the same spot)?
Assume that the rubber bullet does not disintegrate on impact.


Hint

The rubber bullet will ricochet off of the wood - what difference does this make?
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