Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

Published by Addison-Wesley
ISBN 10: 0321909100
ISBN 13: 978-0-32190-910-7

Chapter 28 - Think and Explain: 53

Answer

Yup, Cowboy Joe should simply aim at the mirrored image of his assailant.

Work Step by Step

The bullet ricochets off the metal plate in such as way that its angle of incidence equals its angle of rebound. This is the same rule that the light follows when reflecting, so the bullet will just retrace the light ray's path, in the reverse direction.
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