Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

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

Chapter 6 - Think and Explain: 58

Answer

You would not be safe.

Work Step by Step

The initial momentum of the system is zero, and momentum is conserved, so the final momentum vectors of the gun and bullet are equal and opposite. The light, one-tenth-the-mass gun would recoil at a speed of ten times the bullet's speed. This is discussed on page 97.
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