ballistic pendulum


Definition of ballistic pendulum

: a pendulum with a bifilarly suspended bob that retains objects striking it and registers the amplitude of the swing caused by the impact, the velocity of the object (such as a rifle bullet) penetrating the bob being computed by application of the principles of conservation of momentum and energy — compare gun pendulum

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“Ballistic pendulum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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