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Bell Ringer: Impulse and Momentum

Published on 08/18/2010

Activity Overview

Students explore the relationships between momentum, force, and impulse for the linear collision of a ball with an unmovable wall.

Key Steps

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    Students investigate the impulse-momentum theorem using a simulation of a perfectly elastic collision.

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    Students examine an animation showing the collision of a ball with an unmovable wall. The animation shows the magnitude, direction, and duration of the force exerted on the ball by the wall.

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    Students can vary the momentum of the ball and the magnitude of the force exerted by the wall.