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Help with physics home work

  1. Dec 21, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A space probe with a mass of 7.660 103 kg is traveling through space at 110 m/s. Mission control decides that a course correction of 30.0° is needed and instructs the probe to fire rockets perpendicular to its present direction of motion. If the gas expelled by the rockets has a speed of 3.200 km/s, what mass of gas should be released?

    2. Relevant equations
    i dont know thats what i need help on, i have no idea what equations to use for this its the only problem on my home work that makes no sense to me, some one please help me
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  3. Dec 21, 2008 #2
    What method should you approch this question?
  4. Dec 21, 2008 #3
    i have no idea man i know it has something to do with the conservation of momentum but i dont know much more
  5. Dec 21, 2008 #4
    I think you should determined the relationship between the initial momentum and the final momentum and I think from there, you can determine the mass of the expelled gas. Think about the law of conservation for linear momentum.
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