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Problem: Balls A and B roll across a table, then collide and bounce off each other. The paths of the two balls are pictured (viewed from above) in the diagram. (Figure 1) a) Which set of arrows best represents the change in momentum for balls A and B?b) Which of the following arrows indicates the direction of the impulse applied to ball A by ball B?

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From the collision, the momentum is conserved in the horizontal direction but not in the vertical direction. 

From the figure presented, ball B hits ball A upward. Ball A hits ball B downward. 

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Balls A and B roll across a table, then collide and bounce off each other. The paths of the two balls are pictured (viewed from above) in the diagram. (Figure 1) 

a) Which set of arrows best represents the change in momentum for balls A and B?

b) Which of the following arrows indicates the direction of the impulse applied to ball A by ball B?


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