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Ch 4: Fundamentals of Linear Momentum

About This Chapter

In this chapter on the fundamentals of linear momentum, you'll review topics like rocket propulsion and inelastic collisions. You can use these video lessons to supplement class materials or prepare for a test.

Fundamentals of Linear Momentum - Chapter Summary

This chapter includes lessons on the fundamentals of linear momentum. Use these brief but informative lessons to review linear momentum, elastic collisions, and more. After completing the chapter, you should be ready to:

  • Define linear momentum and explain the factors that can affect the momentum of an object
  • Understand how impulse relates to momentum
  • Detail the law of conservation of momentum
  • Explain the difference between elastic and inelastic collisions
  • Understand the principles that govern rocket propulsion

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5 Lessons in Chapter 4: Fundamentals of Linear Momentum
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Linear Momentum: Definition, Equation, and Examples

1. Linear Momentum: Definition, Equation, and Examples

Any moving object has momentum, but how much momentum it has depends on its mass and velocity. In this lesson, you'll identify linear momentum, as well as see examples of how an object's momentum is affected by mass and velocity.

Momentum and Impulse: Definition, Theorem and Examples

2. Momentum and Impulse: Definition, Theorem and Examples

To understand how a change in momentum affects an object, we look to impulse. In this lesson, you'll understand how impulse describes an object's change in momentum, as well as how changing the force or time of the impulse can have very different outcomes.

Conservation of Linear Momentum: Formula and Examples

3. Conservation of Linear Momentum: Formula and Examples

The law of conservation of momentum tells us that the amount of momentum for a system doesn't change. In this lesson, we'll explore how that can be true even when the momenta of the individual components does change.

Elastic and Inelastic Collisions: Difference and Principles

4. Elastic and Inelastic Collisions: Difference and Principles

When objects come in contact with each other, a collision occurs. In this lesson, you'll learn about the two types of collisions as well as how momentum is conserved in each.

Rocket Propulsion: Definition & Principles

5. Rocket Propulsion: Definition & Principles

Rockets and traveling to space has long been a fascinating subject for young and seasoned minds alike. In this lesson, you will get an overview of rocket propulsion, and learn some of its principles, concepts, and terms.

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