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# Does a bike have momentum?

## Does a bike have momentum?

The apparently simple two-wheeled machine uses momentum, force, and friction and converts energy to get riders to their destination. Whether you’re teaching the physics of a bike or a lesson on the simple machines used, there are many exercises (no pun intended) to be learned on bicycles.

What are forces acting on a bicycle when you ride it?

The primary external forces on the bike are gravity, ground, friction, rolling resistance, and air resistance.

How does a bicycle work physics?

Photo: Like a car wheel, a bicycle wheel is a speed multiplier. The pedals and gears turn the axle at the center. The axle turns only a short distance, but the leverage of the wheel means the outer rim turns much further in the same time. That’s how a wheel helps you go faster.

### How can a bicycle and a car have the same momentum?

For a truck and a bike to have the same momentum, the mass of the vehicle times the velocity of the vehicle must be the same for both of them. Therefore, the lighter, less massive bike will have a much higher velocity than the truck.

How can a bicycle have more momentum than a truck?

Explanation: Taking the formula for momentum to be p=mv this is the mass multiplied by the velocity. Although the semi truck certainly has a larger mass, it is not in motion and therefore does not have any momentum. The bicycle however has both mass and velocity and therefore has the larger momentum of the pair.

Which car has largest momentum?

Momentum is the mass of an object multiplied by its velocity. A moving truck has more momentum than a car moving at the same speed because the truck has more mass. A fast car can have more momentum than a slow truck. A truck at rest has no momentum at all.

## What happens when two objects with the same mass collide?

When two objects with the same mass collide, Newton’s laws tell us that they will accelerate the same amount but in opposite directions. Recall that force, velocity, and acceleration have both magnitude and direction. We use positive and negative signs to indicate the direction of each of these quantities.