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Momentum related question

by milkyway11
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Feb13-11, 05:46 PM
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question states: a 1980 kg car moving at 13 m/s is brought to a stop in 2 seconds when it collides with a wall. if a new model of this car has a longer crumple zone, the passengers experience a 3217.5 N force upon impact. by what percentage has the period of impact been increased? has the impulse on the car and its passengers changed.

my attempt at this problem is to find the new model's acceleration by use F=ma, then use the kinematics Vf=Vo+at to find the period to be 8 sec. Then I can calculate the percentage by dividing the difference with the original period. But this somehow seemed to easy and I am not sure if it's right. Also, I would assume the impulse doesn't change since P=mv, but I am not sure on this.
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Feb14-11, 01:44 PM
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hi milkyway11! welcome to pf!

yes, your method looks fine (and yes, the impulse doesn't change)
Feb17-11, 04:52 PM
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Thank you!

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hi milkyway11! welcome to pf!

yes, your method looks fine (and yes, the impulse doesn't change)

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