# When a bug collides with a car’s windshield the impulse exerted on the bug by the car is?

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## When a bug collides with a car’s windshield the change in momentum of the bug is?

The total momentum of the system bug-car stays the same during the collision, so the change in the car’s momentum is equal and opposite to the change in the bug’s momentum. Since the car’s mass is much higher than the bug’s mass, the bug’s velocity will change much more than the car’s velocity.

## When a bug hits a car’s windshield it splats because the force of the car on the bug is greater than the force of the bug hitting the car?

Newton’s 2nd law of motion:

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Since the collision time duration is very small while the momentum change of the bug is very big, the force is very very large on the bug. The poor bug’s body simply cannot withstand that force and splats. Of course, the exact same force is exerted on the car from Newton’s 3rd law.

## What kind of collision is a bug hitting a windshield?

Amory W. This is an inelastic collision because of the word “splat”. “splat” means to flatten and in this case also implies to stick to the windshield. Recall that inelastic collision means the objects deform and join together.

## Which exerts the larger force the bug on the car or the car on the bug?

So, even though the bug and car exert equal forces on each other, the acceleration of the bug is A LOT bigger because its mass is so much smaller.

## How do impulse and momentum related?

The impulse experienced by the object equals the change in momentum of the object. In equation form, F • t = m • Δ v. In a collision, objects experience an impulse; the impulse causes and is equal to the change in momentum.

## Why do bugs splatter on windshield physics?

Why does the vehicle make such an impact? Insects are less likely to hit the windshield when a vehicle is traveling slower. This is due to the “physics of airflow” around the vehicle. They either wind up getting trapped in the airflow or flying above the car.

## When an insect hits a car each of them exert the same force?

According to third law of motion – For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. So, the force exerted by car on insect will be same as force exerted by insect on car.

## What is a reaction force?

A reaction force is a force that acts in the opposite direction to an action force. Friction is the reaction force resulting from surface interaction and adhesion during sliding. Reaction forces and reaction moment are usually the result of the actions of applied forces.

## What is the meaning of action and reaction?

Newton’s Third Law of Motion states, “When one object exerts a force on a second object, the second one exerts a force on the first that is equal in magnitude and opposite in direction.” This law is sometimes called the “Law of Action and Reaction”.

## What is the impulse experienced by a body?

momentum. The impulse experienced by a body is equivalent to the body’s change in momentum.

## What happens in terms of forces when two vehicles collide?

In most collisions between two objects, one object slows down and loses momentum while the other object speeds up and gains momentum.

## When a bug traveling west hits the windshield of a car that is traveling east What can be said about the collision?

When a bug traveling west hits the windshield of a car traveling east, what can be said about then collision? SAME! the bug and the car feel the same size force.

## When an insect hits the windshield of a moving car?

The windshield exerts a force of 1N on the bug and the direction that the car is moving. When a bug hits the windshield of a moving car, why does the bug get “squished” while the car suffers no significant damage? The windshield exerts a force of 1N on the bug and the direction that the car is moving.

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## When driving down the road a bug splatters on your windshield which feels the greater force the windshield or the bug?

Which is greater: the force of the bug on the windshield, or the force of the windshield on the bug? The magnitude of these forces are equal, though an illusion is created that the windshield exerts a greater force on the bug, simply because the bug has a tiny mass whereas the car has a great mass.

## What is the reaction force when a hammer hits a nail?

The reaction force will be equal to the force exerted by the hammer on the nail. This is because of the newton’s third law of motion which says that for every action there is equal and opposite reaction.