AP Physics C Unit 7 - Momentum, or "The Impulsive Force Model"

Early physicists spoke of "quantity of motion," and identified a quantity proportional to velocity. Newton understood force as the rate of change of momentum, and laid the groundwork for our modern understanding of momentum.

Momentum is a conserved quantity, marking it as both fundamental and extremely useful. In this unit we will investigate what happens when two objects interact briefly as well as what happens when an interaction is prolonged but non-constant. Paradigms include a changing-force system (chain sliding off of a table), a changing-mass system (a boxcar gaining or losing sand), and colliding objects.

Unit 7, Momentum and Impulse Standards for APC