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Physics of Archery



Most of us have, at some point, shot an arrow at something with a bow, correct? Whether it be for fun, for sport, or for gym. But why is Archery so hard for some, and so natural for others? Is it some lucky skill inherited from parents? Or simply some people are more skilled than others? I, personally, have yet to hear of a segment of DNA that creates a Robin Hood but... maybe it's possible.

Or, perhaps the successful Archers have a good feel for Physics.


Before you aim, you must first draw back the bow string. This is actually physics in itself- you're doing work by stretching out the already taunt string (which could be considered a spring, because it consists of many different fibers woven together which, ones drawn, hold potential energy waiting to be released). As you work to pull the 'spring' back, you can now take aim at the target: the distance, environment, and height of the target must be taken into effect.

The farther away you are, the higher you should aim because gravity will, unfortunately, drag the arrow towards the ground once released. You could be a nerd and calculate the perfect angle to release the arrow at, but there's little fun in that.

Once you make your aiming adjustments, you can finally release the string, thus, utilizing the potential energy it had stored. The taunter the sting, the more energy will be transfered into your arrow as it leaves its roost and flies- the more energy, the faster and more accurate your arrow will be!

Dearly hope you have enjoyed my awkward and shoddy blog post/explaination

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