How detailed do you want to go with this is the main question. Are you just talking about the physics of the bullet trajectory after exiting the barrel? If you want to keep it "simple" that would probably be the best choice. Otherwise you would have to get into alot of thermodynics and numerous other categories due to the actual explosion that propels the bullet down the tube, chemistry, etc.
What level schooling is the paper for? You could still get a fairly lengthy paper from just terminal ballistics standpoint. You could make it more complicated seeming by using the actual derivitive equations used in physics for figuring out trajectory, or you could also use some of the "cheater" type equations that already have the derivitives perfomed on them for certain situations.
I probably still have both versions floating around somewhere if you wanted them, however it may take awhile to find them as there have been a few presidents and a couple of wars since I last looked at them.
Aight guys, thanks. I dont need to be very specific. Only the math end is needed but I might add some physics. So basicly all I need to know is external and maby terminal ballistics?
Alright, calc and trig? I havnt taken calc in math but I done trig. The only trig I seen was SIN COS TAN, that area. Could you give an example?
You can short-cut some of the process with technology (like my Palm Pilot and Ballistics software), but experience and knowledge of the way your load responds to certain weather conditions is critical to taking an important shot quickly. Most software programs do no allow for input on humidity or altitude. Some, like mine, can be pre-programed with multiple scenarios to accomodate the changes. I have ballistics tables set up for different temperatures and humidity levels at the altitude that I normally shoot.