# Monthly Archives: January 2011

## Computing the Age of the Universe

Introduction While in the lunch room at work, I often look at the paper. The paper one day this week had an article on the farthest object that has yet been observed by astronomers. One of the guys in my … Continue reading

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## Modeling Drag — Projectile Velocity Versus Range

Introduction As mentioned in a previous post, I am reading the book “Modern Practical Ballistics” by Pejsa. I have been working through some of the derivations in the book and they are interesting enough (at least to me) to be … Continue reading

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## Ogives Versus Other Shapes

The ogive has long been used in projectile design because it simple to manufacture. Over the last few thousand years, people have gotten pretty good at making sections of spheres. However, simple to manufacture does not mean minimum drag. The … Continue reading

## Ogives and Battleships

Introduction The previous two blogs looked at the ogive shape and its use in describing bullet shapes. While cruising around the web, I noticed a rather large ogive shape that I thought was interesting. I am a big fan of … Continue reading

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## Ballistics, Ogives, and Bullet Shapes (Part 2)

Example One: Sierra 308 Caliber, 155 grain, MatchKing. We will first compute the mass for the Sierra MatchKing projectile (tangent ogive) shown in Figure 10. Observe that this projectile has a flattened nose, called a meplat. Because of the meplat, … Continue reading

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## Ballistics, Ogives, and Bullet Shapes (Part 1)

Introduction I have always been interested in the shooting sports, but I have not pursued any of them while I was raising my kids. I suddenly find myself with my kids gone and my interest in shooting has reappeared. As … Continue reading

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## Pope Gregory XIII and Dual Modulus Counters

Introduction I discussed a recent dual-modulus counter design in a previous post. I had not thought much about the history of these counters, but I noticed that our calendar is really a dual-modulus counter. Pope Gregory XIII established the Gregorian … Continue reading

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## The Difficulties Posed By Communications

My company currently has engineering work occurring at a number of sites that are widely separated geographically. Trying to coordinate these sites is definitely a challenge. However, this really is nothing new. When I was at HP, my first manager … Continue reading