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Maximum force and Impulse

  1. Feb 28, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    A 41 rubber ball is dropped from a height of 1.8 and rebounds to two-thirds of its initial height.
    The figure (Part C figure) shows the impulse received from the floor. What maximum force does the floor exert on the ball?

    2. Relevant equations

    change in p = F*change in time

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I tried and got Fmax = .176 by plugging into the 1st equation for impulse
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  3. Mar 1, 2009 #2


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    If you solved the other problem you posted you should know how to solve this so long as you calculated your Impulse correctly from the info given.
  4. Mar 1, 2009 #3
    So I tried to do F*change in t = change in m*v but it didn't work. i calculated velocity by doing change in d/ change in t. i used 2.5 for t because that is where fmax occurs and i also used d as 1.8 because that is the distance the ball travels in 2.5 seconds

    so i got v=.72 and then mv=.029
    so 2.5F = .029
    F = .0116

    and that was wrong. so i dont really know what to do?
  5. Mar 1, 2009 #4


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    Where did you get v = .72 from? It fell 1.8m

    V2 = 2*9.8*1.8m

    How fast does it bounce back?

    Isn't that going to give you the ΔV that you want to use?

    The 2.5 ms* Fmax looks ok though.
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