• Question: How far can a bullet go across water

    Asked by Louis to Philip, Maxime, Jake, Ann, Annette, Amy Heather on 20 Nov 2019.
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      Amy Heather Fitzpatrick answered on 20 Nov 2019:

      The force or resistance that a fluid offers against the movement of an object moving through it, is called drag. Underwater a bullet has to work extra hard against the water’s natural drag (resistence, just like when you swim in water) to continue moving forward. Most bullets, they do not go beyond a few meters. If you shoot the bullet above the water into the water, this drag is increased, as the bullet ‘pancakes’ against the water surface, unless it is a special cavity bullet. Imagine the force of your body against water if you dive versus if you belly flop? The bullet can often hit the water more like a belly flop or a bad dive, and therefore has to work extra hard against the drag of the water to move forward.