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Homework Help: Average Force

  1. Apr 23, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    An Airplane is traveling at 225 m/s when it strikes a weather balloon (m=1.82 kg) which can be considered to..?
    be at the rest relative to the ground below. After the collision, the balloon is caught on the fuselage and is traveling with the airplane. The collision takes place over a time interval of 4.44 x 10-3 N. What is the average force that the balloon exerts on the airplane?

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
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  3. Apr 23, 2009 #2
    Is that all the data given?
    4.44 x 10-3 is seconds, right?

    This looks like change in momentum problem.
  4. Apr 23, 2009 #3
    Yes that is the only info available and the following are the answers to choose from:

    a. 415 N
    b. 2.78 x 104 N
    c. 922 x 104 N
    d. 4.61 x 105 N
    e. 5.07 x 106 N

    I just need help finding the formula that I need to use. Thanks for trying to help!
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