# Momentum of System

1. Nov 9, 2008

### Husker70

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
A system initially consists of a ball of mass m at rest at a height h above the Earth and the Earth, of mass Me. When the ball has fallen a distance h/2, the total momentum of
the system is
A. 0
B. m(sqrrt)2gh
C. Me(sqrrt)2gh
D. Me + m(sqrrt)2gh
E. Me - m(sqrrt)2gh

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution
I put B and missed it. I think the answer is C but not sure.
Any help understanding this would be appreciated.
Thanks,
Kevin
1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution

2. Nov 9, 2008

### asleight

$$\textbf{v}_f^2=\textbf{v}_i^2+2\textbf{ad}$$

so, $$\textbf{v}=\sqrt{2\textbf{ad}}$$, and:

$$\textbf{p}=m\textbf{v}=m\sqrt{2\textbf{ad}}$$.

The total momentum of the system is the sum of momenta of the particles. The above momentum is that of the ball. The momentum of the earth is given by:

$$M_e\textbf{v_e}=$$,