My knowledge of physics is very limited. And this question is only really to help me put to rest a question i have had for some time.
I would like the answer to be a simple one as i am not really in need of any complex mathematical equation or anything like that. (however the answer must be comprehensive enough to convince me its true)
So first things first.
If every action has an equal and opposite reaction then:
If i was in space and throw a ball we would both move away from each other at the same speed!. I am quite sure that's correct. (Both the ball and myself have the same mass)
The problem comes when i then throw a second ball. I accelerate some more and the ball moves away at the same speed as the first ball i through. (assuming i am always throwing balls in the same way)
So assuming this is correct. And assuming i have an infinite number of balls i can keep accelerating my self.
So once i get to the speed of light. If i throw another ball why do i not accelerate faster then the speed of light?
Assuming for the sake of argument that i have not burnt up etc
If i don't go past the speed of light because the rules don't allow it, then what happens to the ball i just through? Is it at the same speed as the first ball i through (relatively) and if so then what append to the equal and opposite force?
Or is it that i simply cannot throw the ball at all?
I am sure you all know the answer to this (: its sounds like 101 speed of light stuff!