In principle, when you fire a rifle, the recoil should push you backward. How big a push will it…

In principle, when you fire a rifle, the recoil should push you backward. How big a push will it give? Lets find out by doing a calculation in a very artificial situation. Suppose a man standing on frictionless ice fires a rifle horizontally. The mass of the man together with the rifle is 70 kg, and the mass of the bullet is 10 g. If the bullet leaves the muzzle at a speed of 500 m/s, what is the final speed of the man? Given your result, do you expect to be pushed backward when you fire a rifle?

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