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

A skater is standing still on a frictionless ice rink. Her friend throws a Frisbee straight to her. In which of the following cases is the largest momentum transferred to the skater? (a) The skater catches the Frisbee and holds onto it. (b) The skater catches the Frisbee momentarily, but then drops it vertically downward, (c) The skater catches the Frisbee, holds it momentarily, and throws it back to her friend.

To determine
Largest momentum transferred to the skater.

Explanation

Give Information: A skater is on a frictionless ice rink. A Frisbee is thrown straight to skater.

Explanation: Momentum transferred can be explained by the “principle of conservation of Momentum.”

Principle of conservation of momentum states that “when two or more bodies collide with one another, their total momentum remains constant or conserved, provided no external forces are acting are acting.’

Conclusion:

(c) The skater gains the most momentum by catching and then throwing the Frisbee. The magnitude of the Frisbees momentum change is same as that of the momentum gained by the skater...

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