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Chapter 8

Momentum and Momentum Conservation


The linear momentum p of an object of mass m moving with a velocity is defined as the product of the mass and the velocity v • p  mv
• SI Units are kg m / s • Vector quantity, the direction of the momentum is the same as the velocity’s

Momentum components  p x  mv x and p y  mv y  Applies to two-dimensional motion .

a force must be applied The time rate of change of momentum of an object is equal to the net force acting on it.Impulse   In order to change the momentum of an object.g. • v  vo  at mv  mvo  mat  mvo  Ft Ft  mv  mvo • Gives an alternative statement of Newton’s second law . e.

 When a single.Impulse cont. there is an impulse J delivered to the object • J  Ft  F (t 2  t1) • is defined as the impulse • Vector quantity. constant force acts on the object. the direction is the same as the direction of the force • Unit N·s=kg·m/s .

use the average force applied .Impulse-Momentum Theorem  The theorem states that the impulse acting on the object is equal to the change in momentum of the object • F (t 2  t1)  p 2  p1 • Impulse=change in momentum (vector!) • If the force is not constant.

Impulse Applied to Auto Collisions  The most important factor is the collision time or the time it takes the person to come to a rest • This will reduce the chance of dying in a car crash  Ways to increase the time • Seat belts • Air bags .

Air Bags    The air bag increases the time of the collision It will also absorb some of the energy from the body It will spread out the area of contact • decreases the pressure • helps prevent penetration wounds .

the total momentum of the system remains constant in magnitude and direction. ... i  When no resultant external force acts on a system.Conservation of Momentum  Total momentum of a system equals to the vector sum of the momenta p   pi  p1  p 2  p3  .

Conservation of Momentum  Momentum in an isolated system in which a collision occurs is conserved • A collision may be the result of physical contact between two objects • “Contact” may also arise from the electrostatic interactions of the electrons in the surface atoms of the bodies • An isolated system will have not external forces .

cont  The principle of conservation of momentum states when no external forces act on a system consisting of two objects that collide with each other. the total momentum of the system remains constant in time • Specifically.Conservation of Momentum. the total momentum before the collision will equal the total momentum after the collision .

cont.Conservation of Momentum.  Mathematically: mAvA  mBvB  mAv'A  mBv'B • Momentum is conserved for the system of objects • The system includes all the objects interacting with each other • Assumes only internal forces are acting during the collision • Can be generalized to any number of objects .

what is the force on the ball? .Example A 60 grams tennis ball traveling at 40m/s is returned with the same speed.03s. If the contact time between racket and the ball is 0.

If the 3kg ball rebounds with the same speed. What is the velocity of the 5 kg ball after collision? .Example A 5kg ball moving at 2 m/s collides head on with another 3kg ball moving at 2m/s in the opposite direction.

Recoil   System is released from rest Momentum of the system is zero before and after mAv  mBv  0 ' A ' B .

If the velocity of the bullet is 280 m/s. what is the recoil velocity of the rifle? .Example 4 kg rifle shoots a 50 grams bullet.

steel balls .Types of Collisions   Momentum is conserved in any collision Perfect elastic collision • both momentum and kinetic energy are conserved KEbefore  KEafter  Collision of billiard balls.

work to permanently deform an object • completely inelastic collisions occur when the objects stick together  Not all of the KE is necessarily lost  Actual collisions • Most collisions fall between elastic and completely inelastic collisions . sound.More Types of Collisions  Inelastic collisions • Kinetic energy is not conserved  Some of the kinetic energy is converted into other types of energy such as heat.

they have undergone a perfectly inelastic collision Conservation of momentum becomes m Av A  mB vB  (m A  mB )V m A v A  mB v B V m A  mB .More About Perfectly Inelastic Collisions   When two objects stick together after the collision.

000kg) at rest.000kg) travels at 10m/s and strikes another railroad car (15.Example Railroad car (10. What is the energy loss in the collision? . Find the final velocity of the two cars. They couple after collision.

Some General Notes About Collisions  Momentum is a vector quantity • Direction is important • Be sure to have the correct signs .

More About Elastic Collisions   Both momentum and kinetic energy are conserved Typically have two unknowns mAv A  mB vB  mAv' A  mB v'B 1 1 1 1 2 2 '2 '2 mAv A  mB vB  mAv A  mB vB 2 2 2 2 Solve the equations simultaneously  .

One can show m A  mB v vA A  m A  mB 2m A v vA B  m A  mB .A Simple Case. vB=0 Head on elastic collision with object B at rest before collision.


Summary of Types of Collisions    In an elastic collision. both momentum and kinetic energy are conserved In an inelastic collision. momentum is conserved but kinetic energy is not In a perfectly inelastic collision. kinetic energy is not. momentum is conserved. and the two objects stick together after the collision. so their final velocities are the same .

Glancing Collisions  For a general collision of two objects in three-dimensional space. the conservation of momentum principle implies that the total momentum of the system in each direction is conserved .


Ballistic Pendulum    Measure speed of bullet Momentum conservation of the collision Energy conservation during the swing of the pendulum .