Is Momentum Conserved?
Motion in Osmos is based on the concept of the conservation of momentum – expelling a small mote in one direction causes the player to move in the opposite direction… but is momentum actually conserved in the game?
This is a big question that can be explored in a variety of ways — let’s begin by just focusing on the propulsion of the player.
Is momentum conserved when the player expels a small mote?
To answer this question, you will probably need to answer a few others:
How does the mass of the player compare to the mass of the expelled mote?
How can we determine the velocity of the motes? (Should we use video analysis?)
Do we need to know the absolute velocity or will relative velocity suffice?
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Bonus points to the simplest and most elegant solution method.
Posted on October 14, 2011, in Physics Problems and tagged Momentum. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Is Momentum Conserved?.