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Homework Help: Newton's Laws/ Energy

  1. Oct 11, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    A bug flies into the windshield of a big rig that is traveling on the freeway. What type of collision is this? Is momentum conserved? Is energy conserved? What force does the bug exert on the windshield (make a statement about Newton’s 3rd Law)?

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    - I know that this is an inelastic collision because the bug goes splat. Energy is conserved because the mechanical energy is converted to heat or sound. I don't think momentum is conserved. I need help with newton's 3rd law
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2009
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  3. Oct 12, 2009 #2


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