Skip to main content
Engineering LibreTexts

5: Conservation of Linear Momentum

  • Page ID
  • \( \newcommand{\vecs}[1]{\overset { \scriptstyle \rightharpoonup} {\mathbf{#1}} } \) \( \newcommand{\vecd}[1]{\overset{-\!-\!\rightharpoonup}{\vphantom{a}\smash {#1}}} \)\(\newcommand{\id}{\mathrm{id}}\) \( \newcommand{\Span}{\mathrm{span}}\) \( \newcommand{\kernel}{\mathrm{null}\,}\) \( \newcommand{\range}{\mathrm{range}\,}\) \( \newcommand{\RealPart}{\mathrm{Re}}\) \( \newcommand{\ImaginaryPart}{\mathrm{Im}}\) \( \newcommand{\Argument}{\mathrm{Arg}}\) \( \newcommand{\norm}[1]{\| #1 \|}\) \( \newcommand{\inner}[2]{\langle #1, #2 \rangle}\) \( \newcommand{\Span}{\mathrm{span}}\) \(\newcommand{\id}{\mathrm{id}}\) \( \newcommand{\Span}{\mathrm{span}}\) \( \newcommand{\kernel}{\mathrm{null}\,}\) \( \newcommand{\range}{\mathrm{range}\,}\) \( \newcommand{\RealPart}{\mathrm{Re}}\) \( \newcommand{\ImaginaryPart}{\mathrm{Im}}\) \( \newcommand{\Argument}{\mathrm{Arg}}\) \( \newcommand{\norm}[1]{\| #1 \|}\) \( \newcommand{\inner}[2]{\langle #1, #2 \rangle}\) \( \newcommand{\Span}{\mathrm{span}}\)

    • 5.1: Four Questions
      Answering the four basic questions needed to develop an accurate accounting equation for the linear momentum of a system: What is linear momentum? How can it be stored in a system? How can it be transported? How can it be created or destroyed?
    • 5.2: Conservation of Linear Momentum Equation
      Applying the equation for conservation of linear momentum to open, closed, and steady-state systems. Includes multiple worked examples.
    • 5.3: Friction Forces
      Calculating friction forces in a system based on the dry and fluid friction models.
    • 5.4: Linear Impulse, Linear Momentum, and Impulsive Forces
      Deriving the impact calculations for linear impulse and impulsive forces from the basic principle of conservation of linear momentum.
    • 5.5: Linear Momentum Revisited
      Using relative velocities to solve problems using conservation of linear momentum. Using cylindrical coordinates to describe plane curvilinear motion, for problems using conservation of linear momentum. Includes worked examples.
    • 5.6: Problems

    This page titled 5: Conservation of Linear Momentum is shared under a CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Donald E. Richards (Rose-Hulman Scholar) via source content that was edited to the style and standards of the LibreTexts platform; a detailed edit history is available upon request.

    • Was this article helpful?