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A baseball player uses a pitching machine to
help him improve his batting average. He
places the 43.4 kg machine on a frozen pond.
The machine fires a 0.0546 kg baseball horizontally at a speed of 44.8 m/s.
What is the magnitude of the recoil velocity
of the machine?
Answer in units of m/s

  • Physics - ,

    Let V be the recoil velocity. Since the total momentum must remain zero after throwing the ball,

    0.0546*44.8 + 43.4*V = 0

    V = -2.45/43.4 = -0.805 m/s

    The minus sign means it moves in the opposite direction as the ball.

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