Essential University Physics: Volume 1 (3rd Edition)

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

Answer

B

Work Step by Step

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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