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Homework Help: Motion and Average Acceleration -Help-

  1. Sep 7, 2005 #1
    I've been killing myself over this problem because I cannot figure it out. Can someone please help me?


    A tennis ball with a velocity of 40.0 m/s to the right is thrown perpendicularly at a wall. After striking the wall, the ball rebounds in the opposite direction with a velocity of -8 m/s to the left. If the ball is in contact with the wall for 0.014 s, what is the average acceleration of the ball while it is in contact with the wall?
     
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  3. Sep 7, 2005 #2
    Have you learned about momentum and impulse?

    Force multipled by time gives you change in momentum.
    [tex]F\Delta{t}=mv_f-mv_i[/tex]

    Then just use [tex]F=ma[/tex]
     
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