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Raymond A. Serway + 1 other
ISBN: 9781305952300

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11th Edition
Raymond A. Serway + 1 other
ISBN: 9781305952300
Textbook Problem

A ball of clay of mass m is thrown with a speed v against a brick wall. The clay sticks to the wall and stops. Is the principle of conservation of momentum violated in this example?

To determine
If the conservation of momentum is violated when a ball of clay thrown against a wall sticks to it and stops.

Explanation

According to the law of conservation of momentum, the total momentum of the objects before collision is equal to the total momentum after collision.

The law of conservation of momentum is not conserved in this example. The momentum of the clay before it hits the wall is directed towards the wall...

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