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- Explain the concept of momentum for a single particle.
- Explain idea of impulse: vector nature, why is this physical quantity important, and how it is related to other physical quantities such as force.
- Be able to apply impulse and changing momentum to problems involving the motion of a single object.
Notes: Momentum (PDF - 1.5MB)
Suggested Textbook Reading (Optional)
Chapter 8.1. Young, Hugh D., Roger A. Freedman, and A. Lewis Ford. Sears and Zemansky's University Physics: with Modern Physics. 12th ed. San Francisco, CA: Addison-Wesley, 2007. ISBN: 9780805321876.
Read through the class slides carefully. They explain all of the concepts from the module.
Slides: Momentum and Impulse (PDF)
Do the Concept Questions first to make sure you understand the main concepts from this module. Then, when you are ready, try the Challenge Problems. If you are struggling with the Challenge Problems, watch the Homework Help Session videos, which will give you tips on how to tackle problems of this type.
Concept Questions (PDF)
Challenge Problems (PDF)
Solutions (PDF - 1.7MB)
Problem Solving Help
In the following videos Prof. Walter Lewin explains how to approach the Challenge Problems.
Help Session 1
Help Session 2
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