Physics 203- GH2
TA: Sara Abedi
Lab 5 - Linear Momentum Lab
This lab highlighted understanding the notion of linear momentum and impulse.
momentum is the product of a system's mass multiplied by the velocity. The formula for linear
momentum is expressed as p = mv. Momentum is directly proportional to the object's mass and
also its velocity. Because of this relationship, the greater the mass of the object, the greater its
velocity, the greater its momentum
Linear momentum is often referred to as “quantity of
motion.” Newton’s second law was in terms of momentum: The net external force equals the
change in momentum of a system divided by the time over which it changes.
This lab was performed via an online simulation. The variables that were measured for
this experiment were the mass of Wally ( M
), the magnitude of the propulsion force from the
fire extinguisher (F
), and the duration of the propulsion force from the fire extinguisher ( time,