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Homework Help: Impulse of a ball being thrown on to the wall

  1. Nov 15, 2015 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    a tennis ball of mass m = 0.075kg is thrown at a wall with a speed of v = 15m/s. It strikes the wall at a 45˚ angle and rebounds with the same speed at 45˚. What is the impulse given by the wall?

    2. Relevant equations
    impulse = Change in mass x Change in velocity

    3. The attempt at a solution
    Since the velocity is not changing once the ball rebounds from the wall the impulse is the same as it is when it strikes the wall?
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  3. Nov 15, 2015 #2


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    Velocity is a vector; it has direction. The speed does not change from the bounce, but the velocity does.
    Do you know how to add and subtract vectors?
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