A 50 g rubber ball is hit by a racket. Ball´s velocity before the hit is vi=-20·i-20j m/s,after the hit, the velocity is vf=15·i+20j m/s .

Determine the impulse exerted by the racket on the ball and the value of the force, assumed constant, if the are in contact for 0.05 s.



  • Mass of the ball: m = 50g = 0.05 kg
  • Velocity before and after the crash: vi=-20·i-20j m/s ;vf=15·i+20j m/s
  • Force´s time of performance t = 0.05s


Impulse-momentum theorem  says the impulse coincides with the variation of the linear momentum, so:


On the other hand, from definition of impulse, we can calculate the force exerted by the racquet:

J=F·tF=Jt=35·i+40·j0.05=700·i+800·j N

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J=F·t =p