Is there a slingshot paradox similar to the archer’s paradox?
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Is there a slingshot paradox similar to the archer’s paradox?

Sep 24, 2021

Is there an archer’s paradox effect in slingshots?

Many of you are familiar with “archer’s paradox”. There is a particularity of arrow flight that we call the archer’s paradox.

In its simplest description, it is the arrow bending when coming under the sudden pressure of the bowstring and bending around the bow.

The question is whether or not there is such thing as a slingshot paradox. And the simple answer is no.

The main factor here is that we are shooting around the projectile, not an arrow. The archer’s paradox is a result of applying plenty of pressure to the end of the arrow, causing the paradox.

When shooting spherical ammo from a slingshot, the energy is placed into the mass of the sphere and its flight path begins and stays on trajectory the entire flight.

Nothing to worry about here. There is no slingshot paradox.

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