Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

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

Chapter 8 - Reading Check Questions (Comprehension): 24

Answer

Let's ignore gravity. When the string breaks, no force acts on the can. According to Newton's first law, it moves in a straight line.

Work Step by Step

This is discussed on page 147, and shown in Figure 8.42.
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