Momentum CDU

Momentum CDU

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  • For most natural phenomena, physics has an explanation for why such an event would happen. Specifically, physics uses the concept of momentum to explain many occurrences. 
  • Instances that relate to momentum happen all of the time in everyday life. They are especially common in sports.
  • As the boy accelerates the ball from rest to a certain speed, he is applying a force to the ball. He is also changing the momentum of the ball which is defined as the mass of an object times its speed. 
  • Initially, the ball has no velocity, so its momentum is zero. After the boy kicks it, the ball gains momentum and is able to move with a speed towards the goal. This change in momentum is called an impulse, which is also defined as a force applied over a period of time. The force the boy applies must have been large to allow the ball to move with a greater speed towards the goal. 
  • Additionally, momentum can applied to the unfortunate event of a collision in football. 
  • As the one football player runs toward the other, who is at rest, they are bound to collide. Both players have the same mass.
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