A skater is standing still on a frictionless ice rink?

her friend throws a frisbee straight at her, in which of the following cases is the largest momentum transferred,

A. the skater catches the frisbee and holds onto it.

B the skater catches the frisbee momentarily buy then drops it verically downward

C The skater catches the frisbee holds it momentarily, and throws it back to her friend

4 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    Anyway, now that I'm done laughing, the answer is C because all actions have an equal and opposite reaction, so when she throws it back, she will be propelled with the same force that she threw it with, backwards.

  • 1 decade ago

    C. She gets the momentum of the frisbee by catching it, and then imparts momentum in the other direction back to the toy. If she tosses the frisbee at the same velocity it had when she caught it, she now has double the momentum the frisbee originally had.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    C, momentum is transfered to the skater when she catches it and then more momentum is transfered when she throws it back. Both these transfers are in the same direction to the skater so she will end up moving faster (away from her friend) in C than in the other options.

  • 1 decade ago

    Assuming she throws it with the same hardness she received it, they are all the same

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