Linear Momentum and Collisions


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Linear Momentum and Collisions
10111051011304Linear Momentum and CollisionsA linebacker tries to tackle a big running back and is knocked over. A hailstorm flattens a wheat field in northern Idaho. Ninety cars pile up on a fog-covered freeway in southern California. Energetic subatomic particles cause radiation damage that incapacitates an electronic component in a space probe. All of these events involve collisions, and it turns out that they can most readily be understood in terms of linear momentum. This important concept has far-reaching philosophical consequences as well, and its conservation is related to our ideas about the homogeneity of space throughout the universe. I won't go into this aspect further, but perhaps this i…
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Michael Browne: Schaum's Outline of Physics for Engineering and Science, Third Edition. Linear Momentum and Collisions, Chapter (McGraw-Hill Professional, 2013), AccessEngineering Export