Kronenwetter PD Teams up with High School for Velocity Lesson

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Everyone knows that Superman is faster than a speeding bullet, but how fast does a speeding bullet travel?

Students at Northland Lutheran High School in Mosinee acted more like crime scene analysts Monday after teaming up with the Kronenwetter Police Department during physics class to answer that question.

The lesson focused on velocity; which is the the speed of something in a given direction.

Officers fired rifles at a pendulum, a block of ballistics gel and finally a bullet proof vest. Students will spend the week examining the bullet holes to help calculate the guns velocity.

Physics Teacher, Dan Fenske explains why the lesson is important. “What data do we need? How do we get it? How do we do it safely?”

He says although it was fun, it took a lot of hard work and planning do complete the lesson safely.

For the next few days the class will be studying video of the experiment to compare measure the velocity of the bullets and see if it matches what the manufacturers say it is.


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