This is in relation to a homework question: But I don't need assistance on the question itself, but the concept behind it. A mass of .4kg travels in the positive direction for 67m/s until a separate force is applied to M in the negative direction at 14m/s for .027 seconds. Impulse = 32.4 It then asks, "What is the average magnitude of the force?" I'm more confused on the wording - as to what is it asking specifically? Why is the force being asked to be represented as a magnitude when it should have direction as well? J = F Δt F=J/Δt F= -32.4N*s/.027s F=-1200N Yet the answer states 1200N. Impulse should be negative, since it's coming in from the negative direction, right? What am I missing?