OSWALD IN THE DOORWAY- the blog of the Oswald Innocence Campaign by Ralph Cinque
Monday, May 8, 2017
No, Backes. I didn't say that Tim McCarthy decided to do anything. I used the word momentum.
Momentum is a commonly used term in sports. A team that has the momentum is on the move and is going to take some effort to stop. A team that has a lot of momentum is really on the move and is going to be hard to stop. Momentum is a physics term; it refers to the quantity of motion that an object has. A sports team that is on the move has the momentum. If an object is in motion (on the move) then it has momentum.
Momentum can be defined as "mass in motion." All objects have mass; so if an object is moving, then it has momentum - it has its mass in motion. The amount of momentum that an object has is dependent upon two variables: how much stuff is moving and how fast the stuff is moving. Momentum depends upon the variables mass and velocity. In terms of an equation, the momentum of an object is equal to the mass of the object times the velocity of the object.
Momentum = mass • velocity
In physics, the symbol for the quantity momentum is the lower case p. Thus, the above equation can be rewritten as
p = m • v
where m is the mass and v is the velocity. The equation illustrates that momentum is directly proportional to an object's mass and directly proportional to the object's velocity.
Now, the momentum of the bullet is only transferred to the target minimally. How minimally? It is exactly equal to the kick of the gun. There is as much momentum going back towards the shooter as there is going forward into the target.
From the viewpoint of physics (dynamics, to be exact), a firearm, as for most weapons, is a system for delivering maximum destructive energy to the target with minimum delivery of energy on the shooter. The momentum delivered to the target however cannot be any more than that (due to recoil) on the shooter. This is because the momentum imparted to the bullet is equal to that imparted to the gun-shooter system.
Backes, DON'T keep going with us. You're just going to make yourself look more foolish than you already have. Quit. You hear me? Quit. Just stop it.