Concept Question 2 (United States Military Academy)

An anti-aircraft missile hits an Air Force bomber and becomes lodged in the fuselage without exploding. Which of the following quantities remains the same before and after impact?

a.  Total Kinetic Energy
b.  Total Potential Energy
c.  The Missile’s Momentum
d.  None of the Above

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Contributors: Major Lehner, Major Shupenus
Institution: US Military College
Target Audience: First Year Physics
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