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Last edited at 8:18PM on 9/14/2012
By using the same principals as the cave men used to make fire. Fuel, heat, and oxygen in the right temperature and mix. The gasoline engine and the canon work on the same principal. The only real difference is which expanding gas fits the job you want done. The engine requires a relatively slow and even burn time for a controlled explosion so as not to destroy the engine block where as the canon requires immediate and violent gas expansion to break the inertia of the projectile and continue pushing the projectile down the barrel of the canon at an increasing rate of speed until the gas pressure is equalized at the muzzle. It's just basic physics... you can't destroy energy you can only convert it into another form.
this is simple laws of physics every action has an equal and opposite reaction when gunpowder explodes in the back of a cannon the force generated can only go forward thus pushing the cannonball outoward and launching it tward the target