Physics: Principles with Applications (7th Edition)

Published by Pearson
ISBN 10: 0-32162-592-7
ISBN 13: 978-0-32162-592-2

Chapter 7 - Linear Momentum - Questions: 1

Answer

For momentum to be conserved in a system, the system is assumed to be closed, i.e., there are no external forces acting. If we consider, say, a sliding block on a table, then air resistance and friction act on the block. These outside/external forces change the system’s (i.e., block’s) momentum.

Work Step by Step

If we were to consider the air and table as part of our system, and include their momentum in our calculation, the system’s momentum would indeed be conserved.
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