Essential University Physics: Volume 1 (4th Edition)

Published by Pearson
ISBN 10: 0-134-98855-8
ISBN 13: 978-0-13498-855-9

Chapter 4 - Section 4.2 - Newton’s First and Second Laws - Got It? - Page 56: 4.1



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This is a famous question that Physics teachers love because the answer is quite counter-intuitive. In order to solve this question, it is necessary to consider it from the perspective of forces. Once the ball leaves the track, there are no longer any forces on it. Thus, there will be no acceleration, meaning that it will continue to travel in a straight line in the direction it was going when it left the track.
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