From the law of conservation of linear momentum, the total momentum before the collision is equal to the total momentum after the collision.
The momentum of asteroid A:
PA = (500)(20) = 10000 kg•m/s
Two asteroids drifting at constant velocity collide. The masses and velocities of the asteroids before collision are indicated on the figure
Part A Sketch graphs of the momenta of asteroids A and B before the collision.
Part B During the collision, is the magnitude of the force of asteroid A greater than, less than or equal to asterold B?
Part C Sketch a graph of the total momentum in the system of the two asteroids after the collision.
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