Mathematical Example: Newton's 3rd Law - QS Study
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Example 1: A force of 2000 N acts on a body of mass 20 kg for a time of 0.1 s. What is the change of momentum of the body?

Solution:

Here,

applied force, F= 2000 N

time duration, t = 0.1 s

change of momentum, mv -mu =?

We know,

change of momentum = force x time,

mv — mu = Ft

=2000 N x 0.1 s

= 200 kg ms-2 s =200 kg ms-1

Ans: change of momentum = 200 kg ms-1

 

Mathematical Example 2: A bullet of mass 10 g was shot from a gun with a velocity of 500 ms-1. If the mass of the gun is 2 kg, find the backward velocity of the gun.

Solution:

Let the direction of the bullet’s velocity i.e. the forward direction be positive. From the conservation of momentum,

Here,

mass of the bullet, m1 = 10 g = 10 x 10-3 kg = 10-2 kg

mass of the gun, m2 = 2 kg

initial velocity of the bullet, u1 = 0 ms-1

initial velocity of the gun, u2 = 0 ms-1

final velocity of the bullet, v1 = 500 ms-1

final velocity of the gun, v2 = ?

We get,

m1u1 + m2u2 = m1v1 + m2v2

 m1 x 0 ms-1 + m2 kg x 0 ms-1 = 10-2 kg x 500 ms-1 + 2 kg x v2

v2 =  kg ms-1/ 2kg = -2.5 ms-1

Here, the velocity of the gun is negative, i.e. the gun will move backward.

Ans: backward velocity = 2.5 ms-1