Linear Momentum: Definition, Equation, and Examples


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If an object has a mass of 10 kg and a velocity of 6 m/s to the left, what is its momentum?

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1. How was it possible for the bike and the semi-truck to have the same momentum?

2. Jeff's car weighs 2000 lbs and is moving east at 20 km/hour. Jordan's car is twice as heavy, and is moving east at 10 km/hour. Whose car has more momentum?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Momentum, defined simply, is characterized as mass in motion, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of it. These practice questions will test you on the characteristics of and formula for momentum.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Using the formula for momentum
  • The characteristics of momentum
  • Finding the momentum of a given object

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will allow you to test your skills in the following areas:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the characteristics of linear momentum
  • Making connections - use your understanding of the concept of vector quantities
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about mass and velocity in a different light
  • Problem solving - use your acquired knowledge to solve practice problems involving defining momentum

Additional Learning

Read the related lesson, Linear Momentum: Definition, Equation, and Examples, for more information on the topic. The lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define momentum
  • Describe the relationship between mass and movement that describes momentum
  • Describe momentum as a vector quantity
  • Understand how changing mass will change velocity and vice versa