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(Linear) Momentum, p ● is mass times velocity p = m v vector! ● (p) = kg m/s ► a 1 kg object moving at 1000 m/s has the same momentum as a 1000 kg object moving at 1 m/s (p = 1000 kg m/s) ► a roller skate rolling has more momentum than stationary truck.

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Let’s go back to Newton’s second law: F = ma. Actually, Newton formulated his second law as: Force = time rate of change of momentum How can the momentum of an object be changed? By changing its mass, or, more usually, by exerting a force causing an acceleration that changes its velocity. Δp is the change in momentum produced by the force F in time Δt If the mass doesn’t change, then

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is in fact the form in which you should remember the second law of motion since the law in the form F = ma is actually, as we have seen, a special case – it can not be applied to situations in which mass can change.

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→ we can get a very useful form of Newton’s 2. law: F∆t = ∆p p = mv - mu F∆t is called the impulse of the force. impulse (action of a force F over time t ) will produce change in momentum p units: (F∆t) = Ns Ns = kg m/s REMEMBER: Although we write F for simplicity, we actually mean F net, because only F net and not individual forces can change momentum (by producing an acceleration)

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● Achieving the same change in momentum over a long time requires smaller force and over a short time greater force. Let’s think about the time it takes to slow the truck to zero. You could stop it with your own force – just if you exert it over a long, long period of time. or, you could exert a huge force over very short period of time. ∆p = F∆t

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For better understanding we’ll do another example: h = 2 m m = 30 g = 0.03 kg both eggs fall the same distance, so the velocity of both eggs just before impact is: hh Impact: before impact u = 6 m/s; just after impact is v = 0 ∆p = mv – mu = – 0.18 kg m/s In both cases momentum is reduced to zero during impact/interaction with the floor. But the time of interaction is different. In the case of concrete, time is small while in the case of pillow, the stopping time is greatly increased. If you look at the impulse-momentum relation F∆ t = ∆p, you see that for the same change in momentum (– 0.18 kg m/s in this case), if the time is smaller the ground must have exerted greater force on the egg. And vice versa. The pillow will exert smaller force over greater period of time.

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● Often you want to reduce the momentum of an object to zero but with minimal impact force (or injury). How to do it? Try to maximize the time of interaction; this way stopping force is decreased. Getting smart and smarter by knowing physics: ► Car crash on a highway, where there’s either a concrete wall or a barbed-wire fence to crash into. Which to choose? Naturally, the wire fence – your momentum will be decreased by the same amount, so the impulse to stop you is the same, but with the wire fence, you extend the time of impact, so decrease the force. ► Bend your knees when you jump down from high! Try keeping your knees stiff while landing – it hurts! (only try for a small jump, otherwise you could get injured…) Bending the knees extends the time for momentum to go to zero, by about 10-20 times, so forces are 10-20 times less.

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► Safety net used by acrobats, increases impact time, decreases the forces. ► Catching a ball – let your hand move backward with the ball after contact… ► Bungee jumping ► Riding with the punch, when boxing, rather than moving into By moving away, the time of contact is extended, so force is less than if he hadn’t moved. By moving into the glove, he is lessening the time of contact, leading to a greater force, a bigger ouch! ► Wearing the gloves when boxing versus boxing with bare fists.

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● Sometimes you want to increase the force over a short time This is how in karate (tae kwon do), an expert can break a stack of bricks with a blow of a hand: Bring in arm with tremendous speed (large momentum), that is quickly reduced on impact with the bricks. The shorter the time, the larger the force on the bricks.

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Till now we were concentrated on ONE object. Now we move to the system of (usually) two objects exerting strong forces over a short time intervals on each other like: collisions, explosions, ejections

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● collisions can be very complicated ● two objects bang into each other and exert strong forces over short time intervals which are very hard to measure ● fortunately, we can predict the future without going into pesky details of force. ● What will help us is the law of conservation of linear momentum:

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Law of Conservation of Momentum ● consider system: particle 1 and particle 2 collide with one another. m1m1 u1u1 m2m2 u2u2 velocities just before interaction (collision) velocities just after interaction (collision) v1v1 v2v2 The total momentum of an isolated system is conserved ●The total momentum of an isolated system is conserved ● ● Total momentum of an isolated system before collision is always equal to total momentum after collision ● The momentum lost by object 1 is equal to the momentum gained by object 2 provided there is no resultant external force ● ● Isolated system: Net external force on the system is zero ● p after = p before (p 1 + p 2 = p) m 1 v 1 + m 2 v 2 = m 1 u 1 + m 2 u 2 ● Mathematically:

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Momentum is conserved in every isolated system. Internal forces can never change momentum of the system.

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beauty of the law of conservation of momentum ● if we know what the objects were doing before they collided, we can figure out what can happen after they collide. ● We can work backward sometimes to figure out from the collision scene what was going on before the collision.

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Example how to use law of conservation of momentum in the case of ejections or explosions.

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A 60.0-kg astronaut is on a space walk when her tether line breaks. She throws her 10.0-kg oxygen tank away from the shuttle with a speed of 12.0 m/s to propel herself back to the shuttle. What is her velocity? p before = p after 70 before u = 0 after 10 12.0 m/s 60 v 1 = ? 0 = m 1 v 1 + m 2 v 2 0 = 60.0 v 1 + 10.0 (12.0) v 1 = − 2.0 m/s moving in the negative direction means toward shuttle

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Very similar case is spaceship propulsion which is actually example of conservation of momentum. Since no outside forces act on the system (spaceship + its fuel) or it is very small compared to the explosion, the momentum gained by fuel ejected in the backward direction must be balanced by forward momentum gained by the spaceship. hot gas ejected at very high speed p before = p after 0 = p 1 + p 2 p 1 = - p 2 ● the same as untied balloon.

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Similar examples are: recoil of the firing gun, recoil of the firing cannon, ice-skater’s recoil, throwing of the package from the boat etc.

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● Two stationary ice skaters push off ● both skaters exert equal forces on each other ● however, the smaller skater acquires a larger speed (due to larger acc.) than the larger skater. ● momentum is conserved! p before = p after 0 = m 1 v 1 + m 2 v 2 m 1 v 1 = - m 2 v 2

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If you consider momentum: before = 0, so after must be zero too, therefore the speeds gained (while the force of interaction acted) are pretty different.

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Example how to use law of conservation of momentum in the case of collisions.

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There are two fish in the sea. A 6 kg fish and a 2 kg fish. The big fish swallows the small one. What is its velocity immediately after lunch? a.the big fish swims at 1 m/s toward and swallows the small fish that is at rest. Net external force is zero. Momentum is conserved. p before lunch = p after lunch momentum is vector, direction matters; choose positive direction in the direction of big fish. +Mu 1 + mu 2 = (M + m)v 1 m/s before lunch after lunch (6 kg)(1 m/s) + (2 kg)(0 m/s) = (6kg + 2 kg) v 6 kg m/s = (8 kg) v v = 0.75 m/s in the direction of the large fish before lunch v = ?

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p before lunch = p after lunch + Mu 1 + mu 2 = (M+m)v 1 m/s before lunch after lunch v = 0.25 m/s in the direction of the large fish before lunch v = ? b. Suppose the small fish is not at rest but is swimming toward the large fish at 2 m/s. - 2 m/s (6 ) (1 ) + (2 ) (—2 ) = (6 + 2 ) v 6 — 4 = 8 v The negative momentum of the small fish is very effective in slowing the large fish.

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p before lunch = p after lunch + Mu 1 + mu 2 = (M+m)v 1 m/s before lunch after lunch v = 0 m/s v = ? c. Small fish swims toward the large fish at 3 m/s. - 3 m/s (6 ) (1 ) + (2 ) (—3 ) = (6 + 2 ) v 6 — 6 = (8 ) v fish have equal and opposite momenta. Zero momentum before lunch is equal to zero momentum after lunch, and both fish come to a halt.

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p before lunch = p after lunch + Mu 1 + mu 2 = (M+m)v 1 m/s before lunch after lunch v = — 0.25 m/s v = ? d. Small fish swims toward the large fish at 4 m/s. - 4 m/s (6 ) (1 ) + (2 ) (—4) = (6 + 2 ) v 6 — 8 = 8 v The minus sign tells us that after lunch the two-fish system moves in a direction opposite to the large fish’s direction before lunch.

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Derivation of the Law of Conservation of Momentum ● consider system: particle 1 and particle 2 collide with one another with no net external force acting on neither of them. m1m1 u1u1 m2m2 u2u2 velocities just before interaction (collision) F1F1 F2F2 velocities just after interaction (collision) forces during collision v1v1 v2v2 ● During the time interval the collision takes place, ∆t, impulse F 1 ∆t given to particle 1 will cause its momentum change ∆p 1. During the same time interval impulse F 2 ∆t will change particle’s 2 momentum by ∆p 2.

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∆p 1 + ∆p 2 = 0 → ∆(p 1 + p 2 ) = 0 → ∆p = 0 → p after = p before Total momentum of a system before and after collision is the same. particle 1 : F 1 ∆t = ∆p 1 particle 2 : F 2 ∆t = ∆p 2 F 1 = – F 2 (N3.L) → ∆p 2 = – ∆p 1 What one object loses in the collision the other one gains. (p 1 + p 2 = p) Conservation of Momentum: if no external force act on a system, the total momentum of the system is conserved – it will not change. Such a system is called an “isolated system”. This argument can be extended up to any number of interacting particles so long as the system of particles is still isolated.

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