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Impulse & Impact Force

Discussion in 'MCAT Study Question Q&A' started by texan2414, Sep 24, 2014.

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  1. texan2414

    texan2414 2+ Year Member

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    I had a quick conceptual question on Impulse-

    So I know that impulse can be considered conceptually similar to Newton's 3rd Law- In that during a collision, both objects (irrespective of their masses) experience the same impulse.

    Now my question is if they feel the same impulse, does it mean that the heavier object feels less of an impact force?

    How is the impact force related to an object's mass in the context of impulse and collisions?

    Thanks,
     
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    texan2414 2+ Year Member

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    ref: TBR Physics I pg 202.
     
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    Cawolf 2+ Year Member

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    The forces will be the same magnitude with opposite direction.

    Force = ma

    a = F/m

    So objects with a greater mass are accelerated less, and vice versa.
     
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    Thank you.
     

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