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# On the highway of life, are you the bug or the windshield?

On the highway of life, are you the bug or the windshield?. Bug hits windshield. Bug hits windshield. The force on each is…. The same- Newtons third law You can only exert back as much force is exerted on you. The time of impact is….

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## On the highway of life, are you the bug or the windshield?

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1. On the highway of life, are you the bug or the windshield?

2. Bug hits windshield

3. Bug hits windshield

4. The force on each is… The same- Newtons third law You can only exert back as much force is exerted on you

5. The time of impact is… The same- It would be impossible for the bug to hit the windshield for 2 seconds while the windshield hits the bug for 3 seconds

6. The change of velocity on each is… Very Different – The car, hardly noticeable. The bug very noticeable. The bug slows down, stops and reverses direction

7. The momentum before and after… The same – momentum is conserved in a collision

8. What about a BIGGER BUG?

9. The force on each is… The same- Newtons third law You can only exert back as much force is exerted on you

10. The time of impact is… The same- It would be impossible for the bug to hit the windshield for 2 seconds while the windshield hits the bug for 3 seconds

11. The change of velocity on each is… Slightly Different – The car, slows down noticeably, The bug slows down stops and reverses direction

12. So Why Does the bug go splat, but a windshield doesn’t

13. Its only a Small force when a bug hits the windshield It only takes a small force to kill a bug. That same size force won’t hurt the windshield

14. The difference, the size of the force impulse and momentum, the small bug, the less force,impulse,change in momentum, the bigger the bug the more of each

15. What if the bug is the same mass and same speed as a car?

16. They stop

17. What are some approximate numbers • Car mass 1500 kg • Car speed 60 mph 33m/s • Bug mass 1 g = .001 kg • Bug speed bug speed 10 mph 7 m/s

18. 1500*33 + .001*-7 = ( 1500 + .001)v • 49500+ -.007 = 1500.001*v • 49499.993=1500.01*v • 32.99= v • So the car’s velocity changes from 33 to 32.99, while the bug changes from -1 to 32.99

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