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That's why impulse is conceptually different than change in momentum--if a book is just resting on a table, over a given time period it will receive an impulse due to gravity and an impulse due to the normal force from the table, and these will cancel out so there is zero net change in the book's momentum.
As an analogy, if an object is traveling at constant velocity for a given time period you can multiply the velocity by the time to get the change in position during that period, but this doesn't mean a velocity is "actually" just a change in position, since velocity is the rate that position changes with time. For example, two cars can both travel a distance of 60 miles same change in position , but if one takes an hour to do it while the other takes two hours, their velocities are different.
In the same way, two objects can both receive the same impulse, but if it took different time periods for them to receive that impulse, the forces on each object must have been different. Realistically, all forces act over some time, although in some cases as contact forces during a collision, the force may act for only a tiny fraction of a second. In principle you could have a mathematical model of a force acting at only a single point in time but conveying a nonzero impulse using a dirac delta function , but this wouldn't accurately describe any real-world situation we know of.
The change in momentum of the book could be described as an impulse due to gravity, but this is consistent with the book having a force of gravity acting on it at every moment during its fall. Again, the impulse tells you the change in momentum, it's always understood that the change in momentum can be explained in terms of forces acting on both objects during the collision. In the case of an elastic collision where none of the objects' linear kinetic energy is lost to heat you can derive the change in momentum from conservation of kinetic energy and conservation of momentum, without ever needing to consider the forces.
But you could analyze the forces during an elastic collision if you wished this pdf has an analysis of forces during collisions of metal spheres , and you'd end up getting the same answer for the change in momentum as was arrived at just using conservation laws. The force of gravity acting between the Earth and the Moon will be in effect for billions of years, until one of the bodies is destroyed.
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Can you explain why do not refer to the fall of the book as the impulse of gravity? Why if the same short time happens in a collision we call it an impulse? Isn't always a force actually an impulse? But, also when the book falls to the ground because of gravity there is a change of momentum, why is that not impulse? That is the elusive difference, for me. Response to response to edit: I'm not sure I fully grasp what you mean regarding the book, but the force of gravity acting on the book does indeed produce an impulse.
John Rennie John Rennie k 45 45 gold badges silver badges bronze badges. You confirmed that whenever whatever force acts, it is an impulse we are applying.
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Hohmann transfer orbital manoeuver - all changes in velocity are induced by impulsive burns Note: I'm not too sure "impulse" is an officially defined term just like force, work or energy - the only time I came across it was for rocket motors' specific impulse and control engineering. Updated the answer with a couple more things, but physics is the same for books and satellites not beyond that, where relativity takes over , though I agree it's easier to grasp with books.
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Each collision partner receives an impulse. A momentum change or impulse requires a force. The shorter the collision time, the larger are the forces acting on the collision partners.
Many safety devices, such as seat belts, airbags, crumple zones, etc, are standard equipment on modern cars. The purpose of these devices is to increase the time it takes for a passenger's velocity to change by a large amount in the event of a collision. If a pad doubles the collision time, it decreases the force by a factor of 2. In this session you will investigate the relationship between force, collision time and impulse, and you will also examine momentum conservation in elastic and inelastic collisions.
Open a Microsoft Word document to keep a log of your experimental procedures, results and discussions. This log will form the basis of your lab report. A cart rolls down an inclined track and collides with a wood block at the end of the track. The wood block is padded with another block made of metal, wood, or foam, for four different experimental runs.
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Since the car is released from rest at the same position on the track every time, its speed when it makes contact with the block is approximately the same every time. An acceleration sensor measures the acceleration as a function of time during the collision and a computer displays the output of the acceleration sensor. The output of the acceleration sensor under different collision conditions is shown below.
The cart collides with an aluminum block. Your browser does not support HTML5 video. The cart collides with a wood block. The cart collides with a high-density foam block. The cart collides with another foam block. This type of foam is used for packing fragile materials for shipping.