I feel I am missing a key intuitive insight into understanding a problem like as follows:
(Sorry for rough drawing) The system above consists of a hammer, floor, and a ball in between those two. When the hammer strikes the ball with F_h, there is an equal and opposite normal reaction F_n.
What would be the resultant force or the force experienced by the ball?
^ We are asked to find the "Gripping force at B in terms of the applied force F"