# Calculating the Average Force of a Weather Balloon on an Airplane

• maylilla
In summary, an airplane traveling at 225 m/s collides with a weather balloon (m=1.82 kg) that is initially at rest relative to the ground. After the collision, the balloon is caught on the fuselage and travels with the airplane. The collision takes place over a time interval of 4.44 x 10-3 seconds. The problem involves finding the average force exerted by the balloon on the airplane, and the given options for the answer are a. 415 N, b. 2.78 x 104 N, c. 922 x 104 N, d. 4.61 x 105 N, and e. 5.07 x 106 N. This problem can

## Homework Statement

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?

maylilla said:

## Homework Statement

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?

Is that all the data given?
4.44 x 10-3 is seconds, right?

This looks like change in momentum problem.

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!