Monthly Archives: August 2009

How gun silencers work

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How the Flintlock mechanism works

The purpose of the flintlock mechanism is to ignite the gunpowder so a projectile will fire from a gun. A piece of flint is made to strike steel or iron such that a spark is created by burning iron and … Continue reading

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How cannons work

Old fashioned cannons consist of a fuze, gunpowder, and a cannonball. Gunpowder is made of sulfur, charcoal, and potassium nitrate. When ignited, gunpowder has a rapid increase in volume, or solids and gas, which propels the cannonball out of the … Continue reading

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How water guns work

The simplest water guns operate with few separate parts. There is a trigger mechanism, a water reservoir, a pipe, and a few springs. When the trigger is pressed, it is pushed into a spring, which reduces the volume in the … Continue reading

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How Headphones and speakers work

To understand how headphones or speakers work, you must first understand how sound waves work. Sound propogates through a medium through variations in air pressure, or rarefaction. The waves reach our ears and vibrate our eardrums, which get translated by … Continue reading

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