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Message started by iron on Jun 12th, 2019 at 2:19pm

Title: Hello from France
Post by iron on Jun 12th, 2019 at 2:19pm
Hello Everyone,

New to the forum, I do not practice at all but I am very interesting in the physics aspect of slinging.

Title: Re: Hello from France
Post by Kick on Jun 12th, 2019 at 2:36pm
The section Here be Maths will be your spot then :D Maths and myself have a bad history so I stay out of there but they should have what you're looking for. Welcome from Finland!

Title: Re: Hello from France
Post by joe_meadmaker on Jun 12th, 2019 at 4:53pm
Welcome from Pennsylvania!  Is it just a personal interest, or is the physics aspect related to something you're doing in work or school?

Title: Re: Hello from France
Post by iron on Jun 13th, 2019 at 2:42pm

joe_meadmaker wrote on Jun 12th, 2019 at 4:53pm:
Welcome from Pennsylvania!  Is it just a personal interest, or is the physics aspect related to something you're doing in work or school?


I am RPG author and currently working on a "medieval" RPG (rules + settings) and I am trying to understand the physics behind swords, bow, javelins, slings, etc. so that I can build a model.

Title: Re: Hello from France
Post by joe_meadmaker on Jun 13th, 2019 at 6:16pm
That's pretty cool.  I hope you find the information you're looking for.  Good luck!

Title: Re: Hello from France
Post by Kick on Jun 14th, 2019 at 3:12am

iron wrote on Jun 13th, 2019 at 2:42pm:

joe_meadmaker wrote on Jun 12th, 2019 at 4:53pm:
Welcome from Pennsylvania!  Is it just a personal interest, or is the physics aspect related to something you're doing in work or school?


I am RPG author and currently working on a "medieval" RPG (rules + settings) and I am trying to understand the physics behind swords, bow, javelins, slings, etc. so that I can build a model.


That sounds awesome! One thing I'll say about slings in RPG's (I'm assuming tabletop games?) is that they are usually underpowered. A sling in competent hands can crack skulls and dent helmets. Too often they make them like pea shooters. Balancing them with reduced accuracy compared to bows and other projectiles would make sense to me. Accuracy is the hardest thing with slings.

Title: Re: Hello from France
Post by Rat Man on Jun 15th, 2019 at 9:15pm
Welcome, iron;
   You've come to the right place for slinging info.

Title: Re: Hello from France
Post by NooneOfConsequence on Jun 20th, 2019 at 11:47pm
Howdy from a physicist in Texas! The problem with the physics of slings is that the power source (the person) is really complicated. The sling can be thought of as a transmission system to convert the action of muscles tuned for slow and strong movements into fast motion of a relatively small projectile. All of the energy in the missile (by the classic definition of the word) came out of the muscles of the slinger. This also happens to be true for bows, spears, and swords with varying degrees and modes of internal energy storage in the weapon.

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