Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

Published by Addison-Wesley
ISBN 10: 0321909100
ISBN 13: 978-0-32190-910-7

Chapter 6 - Think and Explain: 83

Answer

Conservation of momentum (in the horizontal direction) is being violated.

Work Step by Step

The momentum of the boat-hero system should be conserved during the collision. Because the hero is falling vertically and has no horizontal momentum, the boat should slow down after the hero lands. This is similar to the situation in Figure 6.14 on page 99.
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