You are standing on your skateboard, which is at rest. Your friend throws a heavy ball at you. What should you do to minimize your velocity?
A. Catch the ball
B. Hit the ball back with the same velocity
C. Neither, they both have the same effect.
I would say (A). Because if I were to hit the ball, then I would have to provide a greater force to get it going back in the other direction, this would create a larger reaction force on me, which would give me even more momentum.
Is this correct?