Mechanics: Momentum and Collisions
Momentum and Collisions: Audio Guided Solution
Jaclyn plays singles for South's varsity tennis team. During the match against North, Jaclyn won the sudden death tiebreaker point with a cross-court passing shot. The 57.5-gram ball hit her racket with a northward velocity of 26.7 m/s. Upon impact with her 331-gram racket, the ball rebounded in the exact opposite direction (and along the same general trajectory) with a speed of 29.5 m/s.
a. Determine the pre-collision momentum of the ball.
b. Determine the post-collision momentum of the ball.
c. Determine the momentum change of the ball.
d. Determine the velocity change of the racket.
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b. 1.70 x 103 g•m/s, South (1.70 kg•m/s, South)
c. 3.23 x 103 g•m/s, South (3.23 kg•m/s, South)
d. 9.76 m/s, North
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