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For which of the following scenarios would the total momentum of the system not be conserved?

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A bullet is shot at a downward angle (below the horizontal) into a block of wood at rest on a horizontal, frictionless surface. The system consists of the bullet and the block.


Two balls moving in free fall motion such that they collide while one ball is moving downward and the other ball moving upward. The balls bounce back along their original direction of motion after the collision. The system consists of the two balls.


Two students standing in the middle of a frictionless ice rink push on each other with perfectly horizontal forces. The system consists of the two students.


A projectile traveling along a parabolic trajectory above Earth explodes into three fragments at its maximum height. The system consists of the projectile (both whole and in pieces).

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