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In this type of collision where you have what amounts to a very quick change in velocity, the force is called an impulse force and it is best to think of the equation a little differently. For example, instead of: $$ \sum F = \frac{\Delta mv}{\Delta t} $$ Think of $\int F \mathrm{d}t$ being equal to the change in momentum, that is: $$ \Delta mv = \int ...


The force can be surprisingly large, but $\Delta t$ is not zero, and the force is not infinite. Make some estimates: the duration of the collision is so short that our eyes and brain cannot perceive it. Make an estimate for an upper limit for the duration. (There's no right answer, but a lot of wrong answers. For example, I would think that a duration ...

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