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You will get to look at the concept of impulse through the example of a swinging golf club. Study momentum by tossing a basketball while on different surfaces. Then use a frictionless table to provide evidence for the law of conservation of momentum.

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Now You Know

After completing this tutorial, you will be able to complete the following:

  • Describe impulse.
  • Understand the relationship between impulse and momentum.

Everything You'll Have Covered

What is the equation used to find net force?


What is the definition of impulse?

~ Impulse is the product of the force multiplied by the time interval over which the force acts. Impulse is always equal to mass times the change in velocity, which is the same as an object's change in momentum.

What is the impulse (momentum) imparted by a rocket that exerts 4.8 N for 1.63 seconds?


Tutorial Details

Approximate Time 3 Minutes
Pre-requisite Concepts Students should have a general understanding of the following terms: force, impulse, and motion.
Course Physics
Type of Tutorial Animation
Key Vocabulary force, impulse, motion