(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

a 250 g ball with a speed v of 6.6 m/s strikes a wall at an angle θ (the angle between the wall and the path of motion) of 30° and then rebounds with the same speed and angle. It is in contact with the wall for 6 ms. What is the impulse on the ball from the wall?

2. Relevant equations

J is the impulse

J = mvfinal - mvinitial

the change in momentum (P) = Jnet

P = mv

3. The attempt at a solution

First I broke the velocity vectors into components:

6.6m/s * cos(30) = 5.716m/s

6.6m/s * sin(30) = 3.3 m/s, so

Vo = 3.3i + 5.716j (m/s)

and

Vfinal = 3.3i - 5.716j (m/s)

and the momentum of each is the mass of the object * the velocity:

(.25kg)Vo = Po = .825i + 1.428j

(.25kg)vfinal = Pfinal = .825i - 1.428j

so Jnet = Pfinal - Pinitial = (.825-.825) i + (-1.428 -1.428)j

so Jnet = -2.856 in the j direction

so the answer should be -2.856, but it is not (and it is not 2.856 either)...

any help is appreciated.

Thanks!

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# Homework Help: What is the impulse on the ball from the wall?

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