Newton's laws Problem 8.2.2

Animation 1 Animation 2 Animation 3 Animation 4

Description

A satellite floats at constant speed when, at t=2, its thrusters are suddenly engaged producing a constant force perpendicular to its original motion (position is in meters and time is in seconds).

Question

 Which of the animations correctly depicts the satellite's motion after the thrusters are first engaged?

Answer

Animation 2.

Reference

See Giancoli-PA: 4-7, Giancoli-SE: 4-7.

Credits

Physlet problem authored by Mario Belloni.

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