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Conservation of Momentum Question

  1. Oct 10, 2004 #1
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    A boat of mass m is carrying a load of bricks with a total number of N and mass M, and is floating freely on water. SUPERMAN, in a show of strength, throws the entire load of bricks backward at once with a relative speed of v0. A GENIUS, in a show of intelligence, throws the bricks backward with a relative speed of v0 one at a time. Argue and explain how and why GENIUS achieves a much higher speed than SUPERMAN. Take N >> 1 and M >> m. Neglect the friction between the boat and water, and the mass of GENIUS and SUPERMAN.

    I have no clue on how to start this question... Somebody please help me.
     
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