Talk:Bullet bow shockwave

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Ref search[edit]

When I tried to search for references for this article, I kept seeing the term referred to as simply "Bow Shock", which is covered by another wiki article. I didn't add these references and didn't want to move the article as I have very little knowledge in this field, so any input from someone who knows would be great. Also, the grassy knoll bit? That definitely needs a citation from somewhere. Dylanfromthenorth (talk) 16:00, 8 September 2009 (UTC)

Opposite Direction?[edit]

Please explain the perception of "opposite direction." Why would a human, having binaural hearing, perceive the origin to be in the opposite direction? It seems it should rather be somewhere between a vector toward the origin, and a vector at right angles to it (neglecting any sort of reflecting objects). This is because the lines of equiphase are parallel to the shock, which forms at an angle to the direction of travel. In the limit in which the bullet is traveling maximally faster than the speed of sound, one should perceive the origin of the shock to be at a point determined by the right-angle intersection of a ray from the observer through the path of the bullet.

I don't follow your terminology, but if you shoot at animals with a suppressed rifle, they tend to run towards you, having keener hearing. (talk) 18:53, 22 May 2011 (UTC) See this diagram for a simple demonstration: (talk) 03:29, 17 June 2011 (UTC)