# Conceptual misunderstanding of impulses

This is a 1998 IPHO Mechanics problem analyzing a rolling hexagonal prism (a pencil). A similar question was asked on PSE but the question is unanswered and nobody gave a proper explanation but just a link to the answer solution.

You can solve this question by conserving angular momentum about the vertex that hit the plane, i.e angular momentum about that point during the brief instant is conserved. But an alternative solution was also given in the answer key which doesn't make much sense to me. It said after impact there is an impulse perpendicular to the plane which makes sense but also apparently there is an impulse parallel to and up the incline, which i don't understand why. And the way they set up the equations isn't that clear. All I can understand is that there is a normal impulse from the ground because at the point of collision velocity of the vertex was perpendicular to the incline and since the vertex is at rest after impact there was an impulse, but why horizontal impulse?

How were the equations set up?

• Related post by OP: physics.stackexchange.com/q/786419/2451 Oct 31, 2023 at 16:44
• I know how to solve it the first method, I am asking this one Nov 1, 2023 at 12:29