Problem: Due to the drivers not paying attention, a small car and a big truck collide; both are initially moving at 35 mph towards each other. Compare the magnitude of the force the truck exerts on the car to the magnitude of the force the car exerts on the truck. Which force is greater? Which vehicle would you rather ride in? Describe why you made your choice.

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Newton's second law,

ΣF=ma

Force due to the car is Fc

Force due to the track is Ft

From newton third law, action and reaction are equal but opposite. 

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Due to the drivers not paying attention, a small car and a big truck collide; both are initially moving at 35 mph towards each other. Compare the magnitude of the force the truck exerts on the car to the magnitude of the force the car exerts on the truck. Which force is greater? Which vehicle would you rather ride in? Describe why you made your choice.

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