A Question About Newton's Third Law

In summary, the question is about whether Newton's Third Law applies in the game of Croquet when applying force to a static ball. The answer is yes, as the force applied by the club transfers the ball's momentum to a second ball, and the reaction force of the second ball stops the first ball.
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Please excuse the newbieness of this question. I recently began studying physics. Does Newton's third law apply in the game of Croquet when one applies force to a static ball between the club and a second ball, thus causing the second ball to continue the force applied by the static ball?
 
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arevolutionist said:
Please excuse the newbieness of this question. I recently began studying physics. Does Newton's third law apply in the game of Croquet when one applies force to a static ball between the club and a second ball, thus causing the second ball to continue the force applied by the static ball?

Actually it's a question of momentum transfer. In this case, force is the means by which momentum is transferred. Yes, Newton's Third Law does apply; indeed it is always true. The force applied by the club gives the first ball momentum, and the first ball applies a force to the second ball, thus transferring its momentum to that ball. But the reaction force of the second ball (via Newton's Third Law) stops the first ball.
 
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Yes, Newton's third law applies in the game of Croquet. This law states that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. In the scenario described, the force applied by the club to the static ball will result in an equal and opposite force being applied by the static ball to the second ball, causing it to move in the same direction. This is because the two balls are in contact with each other and exerting forces on each other. This principle applies to all interactions between objects, including those in the game of Croquet.
 

What is Newton's Third Law?

Newton's Third Law states that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

How does Newton's Third Law apply to everyday life?

Newton's Third Law can be seen in many everyday situations, such as when we walk or run. When we push against the ground, the ground pushes back with an equal and opposite force, propelling us forward.

Can Newton's Third Law be violated?

No, Newton's Third Law is a fundamental law of physics and cannot be violated. Every action will always have an equal and opposite reaction.

What is an example of Newton's Third Law in action?

A classic example is a rocket launching into space. The rocket pushes exhaust gases downward, and in return, the gases push the rocket upward with an equal force.

What is the significance of Newton's Third Law?

Newton's Third Law helps us understand the concept of force and how it affects objects in motion. It also plays a crucial role in many engineering and technological applications.

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