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

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

Your physical education teacher throws you a tennis ball at a certain velocity, and you catch it. You are now given the following choice: The teacher can throw you a medicine ball (which is much more massive than the tennis ball) with the same velocity, the same momentum, or the same kinetic energy as the tennis ball. Which option would you choose in order to make the easiest catch, and why?

To determine
How must the teacher throw the ball to make the catch easier.

Explanation

As the medicine ball is heavier than the tennis ball, the ball must be thrown with a much lesser velocity to make the catch easier.

Conclusion:

If the ball is thrown with the same momentum, then as the ball is massive, the velocity will be really less making the ball easier to catch. Thus, the choice option is the same momentum...

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